Day 2

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Afghanistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Since the Taliban’s return to power, little by little it has been reintroducing its hardline laws limiting the freedoms of women and girls. Recently they reneged on an earlier promise that girls would be allowed to continue to attend school. Then came the news that one of the world’s most wanted men, the leader of the Al-Qaeda group, had been hiding in Kabul. This seems to be sealing the fate of Afghanistan, as the international community calls for increased sanctions and that the Taliban never be recognized as a legitimate government. This seems like a very dark new beginning for this nation. Pray that the light of Jesus will penetrate this darkness and bring hope and restoration (The Bible, Isaiah 58:12).

Source: For the Taliban, a New Era of Isolation Has Arrived (New York Times)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Afghanistan is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the Islamic extremist group, the Taliban. Originally a group of radical Islamic scholars, the founders of the Taliban intended to bring political and economic stability to the nation after nearly two decades of conflict. However, its radical practices brought oppression and the country’s poverty worsened. However, troop withdrawals in mid-2021 saw a rapid collapse and a return of the Taliban to power, prompting this year’s most extreme large-scale evacuation of foreigners and vulnerable national staff. The future of this nation appears grim, particularly for Christian Believers, women and girls, and anyone who had been associated with foreign intervention in the last 20 years.

CHIEF OF STATE
Hibatullah Akhundzada
HEAD OF GOV.
Hasan Akhund
POPULATION
32,225,560
CHRISTIANS
0.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
2
REFUGEES
1,324,996
LIFE EXPECTANCY
60.93 yrs
LITERACY RATE
31%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
36%

Day 2

SEPTEMBER | 2022

South Sudan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Cattle-related violence in Kapoeta North County in South Sudan led to the deaths of more than 230 people, and tension is remaining high. Many people were left with injuries after the attack and have been receiving medical treatment in surrounding hospitals. More than 15,000 cattle are reported to have been stolen during the raids, leaving the local communities which rely heavily on animals for their livelihoods dejected. Pray for the chiefs of the people groups to counsel and convince the youth to stay calm and shun violence and realize that conflict hinders peace and development.

Pray for the peace keeping agencies to resolve disputes through dialogue and help hold accountable those responsible for the violence. Pray for the people to have peace with new the way of living (The Bible, Jeremiah 33:9).

Source:

https://africa.cgtn.com/2022/07/25/un-mission-visits-south-sudan-region-rattled-by-deadly-raid-that-killed-over-230-people/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Salva Kiir Mayardit is the President and the Prime Minister is Abdallah Hamdok of South Sudan. South Sudan, a nation of roughly 11 million people, is seen as one of the most diverse nations in the region, consisting of more than 60 different ethnic groups. Around 60% of its population identifies as Christian. Although it attained independence from Sudan in 2011, in recent years, political disputes have largely fallen along ethnic lines. South Sudan is only recently emerging from a devastating, multi-year civil war.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Salva Kiir Mayardit
HEAD OF GOV.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit
POPULATION
12,230,730
CHRISTIANS
58.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
11.3%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Christianity
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
2,093,729
LIFE EXPECTANCY
62.04 yrs
LITERACY RATE
27%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
50.6%

Day 2

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Sudan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Fighting between tribal groups in Sudan’s Blue Nile state has resulted in the death of 65 people. The province’s health minister said that the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups clash left 150 people injured. Most of the dead were young men who were shot or stabbed. Unfortunately, the seriously injured could not be treated in hospitals in the Blue Nile which lacked advanced equipment and life-saving medicine. They had to be airlifted to other hospitals. Military and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces are deployed to bring stability to the region. Nightly curfew is imposed and gatherings in the towns are banned. Pray for people on all sides to exercise restraint and not to use lethal weapons. Pray for new goodwill to be restored instead of destruction and ruin. Pray for people to be saved (The Bible, Isaiah 60:18).

Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/17/sudan-blue-nile-state-death-toll-tribal-clashes-soars

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Sudan is listed in 13th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Incumbent Abdalla Hamdok is the present Prime Minister of The Republic of Sudan.
Religious minorities, especially Christians have been treated badly for their faith in Christ. They have endured hate speech and terrible abhorrence. There was a military-led coup in Sudan on 25th October 2021 leading to the detention of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and several key Sudanese government officials. Sudan has been in a tenuous situation ever since a coup in 2019 eliminated the rule of long-term dictator Omar al-Bashir.

CHIEF OF STATE
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
HEAD OF GOV.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok
POPULATION
41,592,539
CHRISTIANS
5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
13
REFUGEES
2,498,776
LIFE EXPECTANCY
59.8 yrs
LITERACY RATE
71.9%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
46.5%
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