Day 29

DECEMBER | 2022

Maldives

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Authorities discovered more than 600 grams of the drug methorphan sent into the country by courier from Bahrain. Drugs smuggling into the Maldives through the postal system has increased in recent years. The health minister said that meth is widely available in Maldives. Pray for ongoing vigilance by the authorities towards drug smuggling. Pray that people with addictions will find help. Praise God that as we celebrate Christmas, we remember that Jesus came to bring freedom from addictions, and healing to troubled lives (The Bible, Matthew 11:28-29).

Source: New type of drug smuggled into Maldives (The Edition)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The Maldives is Asia’s smallest country by area and population known for its lucrative tourism industry. It is an extremely closed country, claiming to be 100 percent Muslim, and heavily repressing any Christian influence. Only a handful of secret Believers live in the Maldives. Dozens of Maldivians joined IS in the last decade; the island nation is believed to be “fertile ground for recruitment” to radical Islam. Surprising results in general elections a few years ago saw the opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeating the former president, Abdulla Yameen who was charged and jailed on corruption charges. The new government began reforms but has struggled to see any real effective change take place. COVID-19 had a significant impact on the tourism industry in 2020 and 2021 but has shown good signs of recovery in 2022.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
HEAD OF GOV.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
POPULATION
393,000
CHRISTIANS
0%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
15
REFUGEES
45
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.37 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
16%