Yemen

Country Profile

Yemen

About Yemen

DESIGNATION: Restricted

BACKGROUND: Yemen, located along the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, is the poorest country in the Middle East. About one-third of its 23 million people are undernourished. The country has endured a civil war since 2011.

MAJOR RELIGIONS: About 99 percent of Yemenis are Muslim; about one-third are Shiites and the rest are Sunnis.

PERSECUTOR: Persecutors include the government, Islamic extremist groups, communities, tribes and families of Christian converts. Al-Qaida is prominent and active.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN YEMEN: Converting to Christianity from Islam is a crime punishable by death, and families consider it extremely shameful for a family member to become a Christian. Christian converts face harassment, the possibility of losing jobs and family relationships, and potentially death. Christians worship secretly in homes or in small groups outdoors.

ACCESS TO BIBLES: Printed Bibles can be found in Yemen, but they are difficult to obtain. The Internet is uncensored, and Yemenis can freely read the Bible online. In addition, digital copies can be downloaded to their smartphones or computers.

VOM WORK: VOM supports indigenous believers who reach out to their community and provides relief to some Christians who are suffering as a result of the war. We also support various forms of media that make God’s Word more accessible inside Yemen.

National Flag [ 국기 ]
예멘 | Yemen flag
Population [ 인구 ]
28,036,829 (July 2017 est.)
Ethnicity [ 인종 ]
note: Predominantly Arab; but also Afro-Arab, South Asians, Europeans
Religion [ 종교 ]
  • Muslim - Sunni
  • Muslim - Shia
  • Other
note: Muslim 99.1% (official; virtually all are citizens, an estimated 65% are Sunni and 35% are Shia), other 0.9% (includes Jewish, Baha’i, Hindu, and Christian; many are refugees or temporary foreign residents) (2010 est.
Leader [ 지도자 ]

President Abd Rabuh Mansur HADI (since 21 February 2012); Vice President Ali Mohsin al-AHMAR, Gen. (since 3 April 2016)

Government Type [ 정부형태 ]

In transition

Legal System [ 법적 체제 ]
Mixed legal system of Islamic law, Napoleonic law, English common law, and customary law
Source [ 자료출처 ]

CIA World Factbook

Related Books [ 연관 서적 ]