Day 9

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Mali

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Mali’s military was pushed back on three separate terrorist attacks on towns and military outposts that left at least a dozen Malian soldiers and three civilians dead.

In a subsequent counterattack Malian soldiers killed 48 attackers and destroyed three pickups containing weapons and ammunition. They also pushed back the attack and destroyed several terrorist logistical bases that were camouflaged with vegetation. The Malian forces are combining terrestrial manoeuvres, airstrikes, and airborne operations. The terrorists were pulling media stunts to hide the considerable losses they have been suffering for several months. Pray for the continuous attack on military installations near the southern-central town of Mopti to be stopped. Pray for the Malians and the leaders to be rescued from their powerful enemy, from foes, who were too strong for them (The Bible, Psalm 18:17).

Source:

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/28/africa/mali-terrorist-attack-casualties-intl/index.html

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Mali is listed in 28th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. President of the Republic of Mali is incumbent Assimi Goïta Interim since 24 May 2021 and Choguel Kokalla Maïga, the Prime Minister since 6 June 2020. 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. The government has failed to make progress on this peace accord and tensions have remained.

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

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Azerbaijan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Tensions in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region have again renewed fighting causing three deaths and 19 people wounded. Azerbaijan claimed that Armenia had not followed through on conditions of the 2020 ceasefire. Armenia claimed that the agreement was a work in progress that had not yet been agreed upon by all parties. Pray for a new beginning in this disputed territory. Pray that Azerbaijan and Armenia will both agree to a new beginning that will lead to lasting peace and security. Pray that Christian Believers in this region will be brokers of peace and reconciliation between people, helping people to move forward (The Bible, Philippians 3:13-14).

Source: In renewed fighting, Azerbaijan captures additional territory in Karabakh (Eurasianet)

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 outright war during this last year. Though a peace deal was negotiated, relations between the two nations have soured. Oil export revenues have aided the Azeri population, elevating living standards and increasing military strength.

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%