Day 29

MAY | 2022

Maldives

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

A Human Rights Watch report released last month says that the government in the Maldives has made progress in media freedoms but has not sufficiently addressed broader issues. These include addressing the threat that religious extremist groups make against people with differing values or religions, and the ways that the justice system remains vulnerable to the influence of powerful interest groups. Pray that the government will continue to take steps towards greater freedoms. Declare that nothing is impossible for our God who raised Jesus from the dead by His power (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 6:14).

Source: Reforms Fall Short in Curbing Threats to Free Speech (HRW)

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. With dozens of Maldivians joining IS in recent years, 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 faces corruption charges. The new government has begun reforms but has struggled to see any real effective change take place. COVID-19 had a significant impact on the tourism industry in the first half of 2020 and attempts to recover in 2021 were hampered by the severe outbreaks in India.

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%