Day 11

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Western Sahara

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The leaders of African countries are trying to resolve the ongoing territorial dispute between Western Sahara and Morocco in accordance with the applicable UN resolution. Under the theme of “Building Future Together,” the African countries’ reiterate their support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara. Mamadou Tangara, Gambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, reaffirmed his country’s support for the territorial integrity of Morocco and acknowledged the kingdom’s proposed autonomy plan as the only solution to achieve a final settlement of the dispute over Western Sahara. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malawi Nancy Tembo similarly reiterated the support. Pray for the regional dispute to be resolved. Pray that the man made artificial conflict will be solved by divine intervention (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 10:4).

(Source:

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/07/350384/western-sahara-us-africa-business-summit-opens-doors-for-greater-support-for-moroccos-autonomy-plan

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

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Laos

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Laos’ economy is close to total collapse due to a spiraling debt crisis, inflationary pressures making staple goods scarce. Laos’ foreign and domestic debt is now more than $14.5 billion, about half of that owed to China who funded massive infrastructure projects. Many fear this debt trap may allow China to take over national assets when debts can’t be repaid. Pray for a merciful solution. Pray that Laos will not be manipulated by other nations. Pray for wisdom that will lead to a new beginning in better governance and economic decisions going forward (The Bible, Proverbs 12:15).

Source: Laos economic crisis intensifies amid massive Chinese debt (DW)

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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