Djibouti, home to one of East Africa’s major ports as well as U.S. and Chinese military bases, has faced sporadic violence, usually sparked by protests against the government of President Ismail Omar Guelleh, whose party has a tight hold on power. Seven Djiboutian troops have been killed in clashes between the army and an armed opposition group. The latest attack in the north of the country was carried out by the Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy. Assailants attacked an army post in an area called Garabtissan in Tadjourah region, leading to the deaths and an unspecified number of injuries. Pray for President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh, to powerfully curb the attacks of the armed groups. Pray that the continuous violent atrocities will be thwarted and for the people to cry out to God for help(The Bible, Psalm 18:6).
At the Communist Party Congress, President Xi explained plans for his coming unprecedented third term in power. Analysts dissected his speech carefully, looking for signs of what is to come. Two phrases that have long been used in his speeches since he came to power were significantly not included this year. Both these phrases were about peace and stability, the absence of conflict, allowing China to focus on economic development. Skipping these phrases may imply that the President is concerned about the possibility of conflict in China’s future. Pray for God’s plans and purposes for China and the world, to come to pass (The Bible, 2 Samuel 7:22).