Day 9

DECEMBER | 2022

Mali

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Mali’s army and jihadist groups have carried out massacres and hundreds of human rights violations, the U.N. said in a report that details previously undocumented abuses against civilians. The U.N. Mission in Mali catalogues 375 rights violations in the country between July and September, attributing 163 to jihadist groups and 162 to the Malian army. Mali’s junta, which seized power in 2020, often claims it carries out probes, but the results are very rarely made public. The abuses attributed to jihadist groups — some affiliated with al-Qaida and others with the Islamic State group — have almost all taken place in Mali’s northeast where there has been frequent fighting since March. Pray that the gruesome atrocities, the massacring of innocent people, will stop. Pray for the rulers to seek God’s wisdom to have peace in the nation (The Bible, Exodus 20:13).

Source:

https://www.voanews.com/a/un-accuses-mali-army-jihadi-groups-of-massacres/6829269.html

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Mali has jumped four points up and is listed in 24th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Malians continue to live under the threat of Islamic extremist groups that took control of the country’s northern region. Pressure against the Churches is rising, and missionaries are at constant risk of abduction. President of the Republic of Mali is incumbent Assimi Goïta Interim since 24 May 2021and Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga, since 21 August 2022. Mali struggles to keep peace with ever-present tribal tensions, and the presence of many radical Islamic militant groups in the north. The Malian government and northern armed groups signed an internationally mediated peace accord. Although a secular state with religious freedom, Islamization severely hampers opportunities to reach Malians. The northern regions are home to at least three known Islamic terror groups and are nearly impossible for the government and security forces to police.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Modibo Keita
POPULATION
16,956,000
CHRISTIANS
2.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
28
REFUGEES
291,615
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
27.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
36.1%