“We are sitting on fire”…

Christians from about a third of the population of Chad. They are very aware of pervasive influence of their strongly Islamic neighbour, Sudan which has been seeking to re-Islamise the Muslim-majority  north of Chad and to Islamise and Arabise the Christian-majority South, where 1,000 mosques have been planted. Muslims dominate politics, “pulling the strings” even if not in actual power. The police force has been effectively Islamised by the forced retirement of the older officers who were mainly Christian. A Muslim who converts to Christianity may be seized by security forces and brainwashed. Chad is surrounded by countries where Islamist militant groups are very active. “We are sitting on fire,” said one Chadian Christian leader, “Pray for us.”

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