Day 15

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Iraq

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Counter-protests planned by Shiite political rivals caused panic among the people. Iraqi security forces erected concrete barriers that many feared could escalate to civil strife.

Iraq’s political sphere has been a vacuum since federal elections. The counter-protest was called for by the Coordination Framework, an alliance lead by Shiite parties close to Iran. The alliance instructed participants to gather around Baghdad’s Bridge, which leads to the heavily fortified Green Zone where the Parliament is housed. The alliance also called for its supporters to respect the state security forces and carry Iraqi flags. Security forces erected concrete walls blocking off the passage from the bridge to the Green Zone. Pray for violence to be curbed and for people to find new ways to live in peace, knowing the love of God (The Bible, Psalm 7:16).

Source:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/threat-of-protests-violent-escalation-stirs-panic-in-iraq/article65710850.ece

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Iraq is listed in 11th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Modern Iraq occupies what was once ancient Mesopotamia and the world now know Iraq less like a memorial to its vibrant history and more as a bloody battleground.  The current president is Barham Salih. The incumbent Prime Minister of Iraq is Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who holds most of the executive authority and is appointed the Council of Ministers, which acts as a cabinet and/or government.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Faud Masum
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Haider al-Abadi
POPULATION
37,056,000
CHRISTIANS
1.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
11
REFUGEES
4,026,483
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
80.2%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.7%