Day 15

NOVEMBER | 2022

Sri Lanka

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Ranil Wickremesinghe is the second president of Sri Lanka not to be elected, the first to replace a president who resigned after he fled Sri Lanka after a massive protest movement erupted in response to the bankruptcy of the nation. Unfortunately, President Wickremesinghe has responded to the ongoing protests with brutal suppression and arrests under the state of emergency laws he enacted. Pray for justice and even-handed use of authority and power. Pray that the government will focus instead on getting the nation back on its feet. Pray that the felt needs of the people will be quickly addressed. Pray for peace and stability to come. Pray for the poor and vulnerable who are suffering from lack of food and fuel (The Bible, Psalm 78:72).

Source: Why Sri Lanka has a tyrant as president — yet again (Al Jazeera)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Twenty-six years of civil war pitted Sri Lanka’s government forces, representing the Buddhist Sinhala majority, against Hindu Tamil separatists. The conflict resulted in upwards of 100,000 deaths. Although the conflict ended in 2009, tensions and accusations remain, and promised truth and reconciliation commissions have never been forthcoming. Sri Lanka has the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any predominately Buddhist nation. This, combined with nationalism, results in the ongoing violent persecution of all who are not Buddhist. This year the nation was plunged into bankruptcy, with major food and fuel shortages bringing people onto the street in widespread protests that forced the president to resign and flee.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ranil Wickremesinghe
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Dinesh Gunawardena
POPULATION
22,053,000
CHRISTIANS
2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
33,170
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.56 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
8.9%

Day 15

NOVEMBER | 2022

Iraq

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Even a year after elections, Iraq enters a new phase of political conflict. Amid a protracted political stalemate in Iraq, the followers of powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have vowed to continue holding protests in Baghdad until their demands for comprehensive reforms and anti-corruption fight are met. The Iraqi political scene entered a new phase of conflict between the rival Shiite blocs after the controversial parliament session held on 28 September , leaving the country in a prolonged impasse a year after the parliamentary elections on 10 October, 2021. Pray that the new phase of the conflict between al-Sadr and the CF’s parties will not turn it into a battle of breaking wills between the two sides. Pray that the leaders will reach tangible solutions in the political process in Iraq and common people will find new ways to live in peace knowing the love of God (The Bible, Psalm 7:16).

Source:

https://english.news.cn/20221008/e916e7858c0e44d3b1f40ff1676ef9c1/c.html

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Iraq is listed in 14th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Modern Iraq occupies what was once ancient Mesopotamia, but the world now knows Iraq less as a memorial to its vibrant history and more as a bloody battleground. The current president is Barham Salih. The incumbent Prime Minister of Iraq is Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who holds most of the executive authority and is appointed to the Council of Ministers, which acts as a cabinet and/or government. In Iraq, the presence of Islamic extremist groups and their ideology continue to influence society. Christians are pressured to conform to the Islamic way of life and are often faced with physical abuse or the threat of kidnapping. The Iraqi government discriminates against Christians in various contexts, from the workplace to traveling checkpoints across the country. Blasphemy laws can be used to punish Christians who try to spread the gospel.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Faud Masum
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Haider al-Abadi
POPULATION
37,056,000
CHRISTIANS
1.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
11
REFUGEES
4,026,483
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
80.2%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.7%
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