Day 22

NOVEMBER | 2022

Ethiopia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The postponement of Tigray peace talks is the latest blow in Ethiopia’s hidden war. Hopes for quick relief for millions of civilians threatened by malnutrition, disease, and direct attacks in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region were dashed as long-awaited peace talks were postponed without any new date set. The meeting between the warring sides in the two-year-old conflict in Tigray would have been the first since a ceasefire broke down. However, poor organization, logistical issues and a failure to consult key participants in advance appear to have derailed the initiative by the African Union Pray that the US envoy will attempt to kickstart negotiations and bring both sides to the table to stop battles that are still being fought in Tigray. Pray for peace to prevail in the region and for people to look to God for lasting solutions to the crisis(The Bible, Philippians 4:7).

Source:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/08/postponement-of-tigray-peace-talks-latest-blow-in-ethiopias-hidden-war

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Ethiopia is now in 38th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution The current president of Ethiopia is Sahle-Work Zewde and the Prime Minister is Abiy Ahmed. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party won the most seats in Ethiopia’s parliamentary election, a victory that assures him another term in office. It was the country’s first free and fair election after decades of repressive rule. However, an opposition boycott, the war in the northern region of Tigray, ethnic violence, and logistical challenges in some areas overshadowed the election. He lifted a ban on opposition parties, released tens of thousands of political prisoners, and took steps to open up one of Africa’s last untapped markets. The ongoing armed conflict in Tigray in Northern Ethiopia has left many dead and injured and about two million people displaced.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Sahle-Work Zewde
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Abiy Ahmed
POPULATION
99,466,000
CHRISTIANS
60.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
17.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Christianity
PERSECUTION RANKING
36
REFUGEES
665,240
LIFE EXPECTANCY
57.64 yrs
LITERACY RATE
39%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
39%

Day 22

NOVEMBER | 2022

Myanmar

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The military junta continues to sanction armed conflict in regions that are strongholds for the anti-coup movement. In one recent attack, an airstrike targeted a music concert in the northern state of Kachin, killing at least 50 people. In other areas, villages that are known to support the anti-coup militia movements are frequently attacked making it impossible for them to maintain their farms. The inability to sow the next crops means that come harvest time there will be food shortages. Many villagers have been forced to hide in the forests. Pray for an end to this humanitarian disaster. Ask God to uproot the spirit of death, violence, and destruction (The Bible, Isaiah 45:7-9).

Source: Air strike during Myanmar concert kills at least 50 – media, opposition (Reuters) and Myanmar Junta’s Village Militias ‘Committing Atrocities’ in Resistance Strongholds (Irrawaddy)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

In 2015, the first openly contested elections were held since 1990, favoring its first non-military president since the military coup of 1962. Aung San Suu Kyi’s democracy movement took power after 50 years of military domination, and again won a landslide victory in the January 2021 elections. The victory was short-lived when a military coup led by the commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing, in February 2021 overthrew the government and descended the nation into the chaos of protests and violence which has turned into an ongoing civil war. The impact of COVID-19 has been extremely severe. Religious violence has been a long-running crisis faced by the Rohingya Muslim minority group who have spilled across the border into Bangladesh, and Christian minority groups who are largely internally displaced. Some of the Christian minority groups experience widespread false teaching, and cults have found fertile ground.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Myint Swe (acting)
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Min Aung Hlaing
POPULATION
56,320,000
CHRISTIANS
8.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
5.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
18
REFUGEES
1,186,501
LIFE EXPECTANCY
66.29 yrs
LITERACY RATE
92.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
32.7%