Mali’s army and jihadist groups have carried out massacres and hundreds of human rights violations, the U.N. said in a report that details previously undocumented abuses against civilians. The U.N. Mission in Mali catalogues 375 rights violations in the country between July and September, attributing 163 to jihadist groups and 162 to the Malian army. Mali’s junta, which seized power in 2020, often claims it carries out probes, but the results are very rarely made public. The abuses attributed to jihadist groups — some affiliated with al-Qaida and others with the Islamic State group — have almost all taken place in Mali’s northeast where there has been frequent fighting since March. Pray that the gruesome atrocities, the massacring of innocent people, will stop. Pray for the rulers to seek God’s wisdom to have peace in the nation (The Bible, Exodus 20:13).
Even hours before Armenia and Azerbaijan’s respective foreign ministers met in the US for peace talks, soldiers in the border territories were involved in a shoot-out. Tensions have been escalating here for the past 2 years resulting in hundreds of deaths. Speak out over this region the truth that Jesus was born into this earth in order to bring peace and reconciliation to all of creation. Pray that Christians in these nations will be peacemakers. Pray for solid progress in the peace talks (The Bible, Romans 16:20).