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%