There are very few Christians in Yemen, and those who are there, which include a very small number of Orthodox Christians, live an extremely precarious existence. There are only four churches remaining in Aden, three Roman Catholic and one Anglican. Most of the people who attend them are not Yemenis.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Yemen, see here.

“‘Christians Are Seen as Enemies’: Houthi Attacks Create More Suffering for Yemeni Christians,” by Gary Lane, CBN News, March 8, 2024:

Recent events in the Middle East are causing additional hardship and suffering for Christians in Yemen. 

For years, the tiny group of believers there have withstood intense persecution from militant Muslims and their government. Now, the attacks on ships and other actions of Houthi rebels are making matters worse….

Yemen’s small but growing community of Christians is among those targeted by the Houthis.

“The Christians in this area are folks that were formerly Muslim –Muslim background believers that have converted to Christianity. Christians are obviously a despised, minority,” explained Open Doors U.S. CEO Ryan Brown.

Brown’s group lists Yemen as the world’s fifth worst persecutor of Christians on its 2024 World Watch list. 

He said years of war had left the people largely dependent upon outside aid. So, when shipping lanes are disrupted, food and other necessities are slow to reach Middle Eastern ports, driving up costs, and Christians – those refusing to wage jihad or engage in Islamic practices are marginalized.

“Christians are often last in line as it relates to being able to receive the care and attention there as war and as these things continue to escalate. That has a ripple effect and economic ripple effect. It can disrupt supply chains, and so, while Christians were already last line, that line becomes even further elongated,” explained Brown. “And so Christians are very much impacted by what’s going on currently.”

Once they leave Islam and are baptized, Yemeni Christians are considered apostates by Muslims. So, they keep their new faith secret to avoid severe persecution and possibly death at the hands of their clan or family members.

And if they are not killed for their faith, they are often blamed for their connections to the West. 

“They become easy targets,” said Brown. “You know, there is Al-Qaeda presence in the South, Houthi presence in the North, and Christians are seen as enemies on all fronts there.”…