Day 30

DECEMBER | 2022

Syria

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is greatly concerned by the recent escalation of violence in northwest Syria, including shelling and airstrikes, which have resulted in civilian deaths and casualties in and around camps for internally displaced persons in the Idlib governorate. He called on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from escalating the situation and reaffirmed the need for a nationwide ceasefire. Humanitarian conditions continue to decline due to ongoing hostilities and a deepening economic crisis. At least 121 civilians have been killed and 210 others injured in northwest Syria this year. Nearly 4.1 million people — 80 per cent of them women and children — rely on UN aid to meet their most basic needs. Pray for a lasting solution for the war-ridden Syria. Pray for millions of vulnerable children to be protected (The bible, Isaiah 49:25).

Source:

https://www.siasat.com/un-chief-guterres-voices-concern-over-escalation-of-violence-in-syria-2453465/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Syria dropped down to 15th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution as violence against Christians decreased. The current president is Bashar al-Assad and the prime minister is Hussein Arnous since 11 June 2020. Syria has been shattered and decimated by war, violence, and terrorism. Multitudes have lost their lives. Millions have been forced from their homes, leading to a mass humanitarian crisis of historic proportions. Civil war has become a much more complex and multifaceted conflict. The many warring factions are armed opposition groups, rebels, the Islamic State, and the Kurds. Numerous war crimes, such as the use of chemical warfare, have been reported on all sides, leading to unspeakable horrors among Syrian civilians. The Islamic State has capitalized on Syria’s instability and chaos and started taking control of huge areas. The terrorized people of Syria further suffer from the IS-caused terror, and the war has caused the displacement of over six million people within Syria.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Bashar al-Assad
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Hussein Arnous
POPULATION
17,065,000
CHRISTIANS
5.9%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
15
REFUGEES
7,947,655
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
79.6%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
11.9%