Day 31

MAY | 2022

The Gambia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The Gambians have gone to the polls to vote for a new National Assembly in an election set to consolidate a young democracy. Although Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party is short of an absolute majority in the 58-seat chamber, the Gambian president’s party narrowly wins legislative polls. On the other side, over 6,000 are displaced in the Gambia after Senegal separatist fighting flare-up. Fighting pushed 691 people in Casamance to cross over and seek refuge in the Gambia, a tiny nation of around 2 million inhabitants. Pray that God in His great might keep His covenant and show loving-kindness to prove His awesome power to the Gambians and protect them from all potential harm. Pray for the Lord who made the entire universe and rules it to make the Gambians know that He is their creator and they should bow before Him (The Bible, Psalm 95:3-7).

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/10/gambian-presidents-party-narrowly-wins-legislative-polls

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/over-6000-displaced-gambia-after-senegal-separatist-fighting-flare-up-2022-03-22/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The Gambia is a tiny, peaceful Muslim country. Adama Barrow is the president of The Gambia. Anger and disappointment flare-up in the Gambia after the announcement of the unlikely coalition between the party of former leader Yahya Jammeh and that of his successor Adama Barrow, seeking a new mandate in December. Human rights defenders see this as a betrayal to the victims of Yayah Jammeh’s 20 years of rule.  Hamid Adiamoh, the editor-in-Chief of the NewDay newspaper in the Gambia said that the party led by Yayah Jammeh held the position that the Gambia would not move forward from that era of tyranny and has brought the country to its knees. Human rights groups in the Gambia have decried the possible return of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the Gambia. Ninety percent of the Gambia population is Muslim, but there is some religious freedom and tolerance. Christians, mostly Protestant, 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%