Healing the wounds of
religious extremism in Africa

Thousands of Christians in Africa, victims of
religious persecution, depending on the works
and social projects of the Church. Help is healing

In 2019, Africa broke a dismal record for the second time in a row: it was the continent with the highest number of murdered priests, religious and Church workers.

The rate of persecution of Christians in Africa is as big as the continent itself. In recent years, jihadist groups have increasingly hit Christian communities in the African continent. In addition to the severe economic and social hardships aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic, Christians are threatened, persecuted, harassed, and often killed by extremist religious groups.


The effects of living under the constant threat of extremist terrorism and fear are paralyzing. They cause deep spiritual suffering. Thousands of people need support, and they turn to the Church, religious sisters, and priests for consolation.

Despite the appalling situation in many regions, Africa remains a continent of hope for the Catholic Church. With its 234 million faithful, it is home to more than one-sixth of the world’s Catholics.

“The Church is the institution that works better than any other (…) it is the only one of all the institutions inherited from the West that works. In many places, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, you could say that the Church is the State, without which there would be no life, no hope, and no future” (Fr. Apollinaire Cibaka Cikongo, Congolese priest).

Your help is essential to keep the faith alive in Africa. Contribute to one of our projects and help us improve the lives of thousands of Christians relying on the support of the Church. Donate now!

“We are called to respect and encourage one another, and to reach out to all those in need.” Pope Francis. Holy Mass at the University of Nairobi, Kenya

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Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organisation for war refugees and recognised as a Pontifical Foundation since 2011, Aid to the Church in Need is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need.