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%