Day 31

DECEMBER | 2022

The Gambia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

According to The Gambia Poverty and Gender Assessment 2022 report, The Gambia’s poverty rate has climbed to 53.4 percent largely due to COVID-19. Poverty rates remain more of a rural phenomenon – 7 out of every 10 rural dwellers are poor. The larger share of poor people live in urban areas in the more populous Southwest, mainly in Brikama. In order to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, some households resorted to migration from urban to rural areas and splitting large households into smaller sizes as observed during the peak of the pandemic in the second and third quarters. Pray for The Gambia to take steps to improve education quality, maternal and child health, access to water and sanitation, electricity, and school attendance. Pray for the poor Gambians to understand the riches of God’s grace(The Bible, Titus 2:11).

Source:

https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2022/11/10/covid-19-elevated-poverty-in-the-gambia/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The Gambia is a West African country surrounded by Senegal. It’s the smallest country on the mainland of Africa with a population of just over 2 million, of which up to a tenth live abroad for work. Adama Barrow is the president of The Gambia. Despite the presence of the Gambia River, which runs through the middle of the country, only one-sixth of the land is arable. The Gambia is traditionally very tolerant of all religious creeds and beliefs and while the country is predominantly Muslim, with up to 90% of the population practicing the basic tenets of Islam, it is essentially a secular country and it prides itself on its broad-minded acceptance of all faiths. Christians, mostly Protestants, make up 5% of the population.

CHIEF OF STATE
Adama Barrow
HEAD OF GOV.
Adama Barrow
POPULATION
1,968,000
CHRISTIANS
3.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
11,609
LIFE EXPECTANCY
64.6 yrs
LITERACY RATE
50%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
48.4%