Day 9

DECEMBER | 2022

Mali

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

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).

Source:

https://www.voanews.com/a/un-accuses-mali-army-jihadi-groups-of-massacres/6829269.html

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Mali has jumped four points up and is listed in 24th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Malians continue to live under the threat of Islamic extremist groups that took control of the country’s northern region. Pressure against the Churches is rising, and missionaries are at constant risk of abduction. President of the Republic of Mali is incumbent Assimi Goïta Interim since 24 May 2021and Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga, since 21 August 2022. Mali struggles to keep peace with ever-present tribal tensions, and the presence of many radical Islamic militant groups in the north. The Malian government and northern armed groups signed an internationally mediated peace accord. Although a secular state with religious freedom, Islamization severely hampers opportunities to reach Malians. The northern regions are home to at least three known Islamic terror groups and are nearly impossible for the government and security forces to police.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Modibo Keita
POPULATION
16,956,000
CHRISTIANS
2.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
28
REFUGEES
291,615
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
27.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
36.1%

Day 9

DECEMBER | 2022

Azerbaijan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

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).

Source: Armenia, Azerbaijan trade blame for shootout before US talks (Al Jazeera)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Azerbaijan has been riding the line for years between democracy and fiefdom. Its New Azerbaijan Party is accused of authoritarianism and bribery. It imprisons corruption-busting journalists and human rights advocates. Friction with neighboring Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh disputed territory turned into an outright war from September to November 2020. Though a peace deal was negotiated, relations between the two nations have continued to be tense. Oil export revenues have aided the Azeri population, elevating living standards and increasing military strength. Yet, poverty and corruption plague the nation. The Church experiences ongoing restrictions, especially with raids on church meetings and homes of church leaders, and detentions of Christians continue.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ilham Aliyev
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Artur Rasizade
POPULATION
9,781,000
CHRISTIANS
2.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
628,170
LIFE EXPECTANCY
72.2 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
6%