Day 11

JUNE | 2022

Western Sahara

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The conflict between Western Sahara and Morocco has been a forgotten conflict for a long time. This conflict led to extremism and the continuous increase in crimes and prevented economic growth in the region. It has worsened the stability in the country. There is a possibility that the Russian war on Ukraine and other recent events could create openings to advance long-stalled Western Sahara peace efforts. The U.S. is exploring this new opening to end the crisis. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has given new leverage to Morocco’s rival, Algeria, which backs the Polisario Front in its battle for Western Sahara’s independence. Pray for the people who have longed for peace and stability for a long time to understand that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning and great is His faithfulness(The Bible,  Lamentations 3:22-23).

Source:

https://www.usip.org/publications/2022/04/ukraine-war-puts-new-focus-conflict-western-sahara

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Western Sahara is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world, mainly consisting of desert flatlands. It has been a disputed territory since 1975. Morocco controls 80% of the land, while the remaining 20% is controlled by the Polisario, an independence movement established in 1973, and the government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Presently, camps run by the Cuban-backed Polisario Front exist in southern Algeria, where thousands of indigenous Sahrawi people are sequestered and treated inhumanely. Public beatings are common and young children are taken from their families and sent to Cuba for re-education.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Mohamed Abdelaziz
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Abdelkader Taleb Oumar
POPULATION
571,000
CHRISTIANS
0%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
117,659
LIFE EXPECTANCY
62.64 yrs
LITERACY RATE
Unknown
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown

Day 11

JUNE | 2022

Laos

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

A Christian Believer in Laos shares that anti-trafficking ministries have been effective in Laos.  Some ministries help people to escape from unsafe and abusive situations and help those who have been exploited to reintegrate into society. Through these ministries, many are coming to know Jesus Christ. Pray for more safe houses to be established to help those escaping from human trafficking situations. Pray for the good rehabilitation of those returning to their home villages. Pray that they will be able to put on their new self and their new life, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of the Creator (The Bible, Colossians 3:10).

Source: Christian worker in the region

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Laos is one of the world’s few remaining communist states, enduring as a one-party socialist Marxist republic supported financially by China and Vietnam. Economic progress was made in the last few years, with poverty, education, and health outcomes improved, but COVID-19 has significantly set back the pace of this growth. At one point, persecution of Christian Believers was mandated by the federal government, however, their stance has changed over the last two decades.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Chuomaly Sayasone
HEAD OF GOV.
President Thongsing Thammavong
POPULATION
6,912,000
CHRISTIANS
3.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
22
REFUGEES
7,559
LIFE EXPECTANCY
63.88 yrs
LITERACY RATE
73%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
22%
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