Tin-Hinane el-Kadi the daughter of the prominent Algerian journalist Ihsane el-Kadi has called for his immediate release from detention in a notorious prison following his arrest at midnight on Christmas Eve and placed in pre-trial detention. The arrest illustrates a repressive headlong rush by the Algerian government. Kadi, has been a longstanding critic of the Algerian government and is one of the North African country’s most influential voices. A judge is scheduled to hear an appeal from his lawyers to release him from detention as there is absolutely nothing in the case that can justify preventive detention. The imprisonment has prompted an outcry from human rights and media organizations. Pray for the early release of the journalist. Pray for Algerians to overcome suppression and experience real change in life by accepting liberty in Jesus Christ, the Lord (The Bible, Romans 12:2).
Algeria moved two spots up and is listed in the 24th position in the World Watch report 2022 of Christian persecution on the rise. Abdelmadjid Tebboune is the president of Algeria and Aymen Benabderrahmane has been the prime minister since 30 June 2021. Algeria is the largest nation in Africa. The Berbers were the native people and the nation’s first inhabitants. Islamic expansions during the 8th and 11th centuries were highly influential, as the new religion and Arabic language were brought to the region. French ethos and socialist ideas became expressive during the French colonial rule, which began during the 19th century, similarly affecting Algerian culture and thought. The struggle for political control has cost the lives of over 100,000 people. Islamist factions continue to emerge, and the government, which identifies itself as Islamic, is making concessions to these extremists at alarming rates. The serious influence of Islam in Algeria and the government’s promotion of extremist ideals continue to determine the nation’s spiritual climate.
Chad’s government has foiled an attempt to destabilize the country and undermine the constitution. Eleven people conspired in the plot, including soldiers and a human rights activist. They were arrested last month and transferred to the high court in the capital, N’Djamena. A judicial investigation has been opened against these people for undermining the constitutional order, criminal association, illegal possession of firearms and complicity. The accused were all military except for one human rights activist, Baradine Berdei Targuio, who was charged with breaching national security and the illegal possession of weapons. Pray that the tensions that have risen in Chad in recent months with unprecedented protests mounting against the government will subside. Pray for the democratic rule to prevail in Chad and for the Chadians to submit to rule and choose to follow God’s ways (The Bible, Romans 15:13).
Idriss Déby is the present president and Albert Pahimi Padacké is the current Prime Minister of Chad since 26 April 2021. The government is a unitary state with a Presidential system. Chad is landlocked in the middle of the continent and is bordered by six neighboring countries. Chad’s population is unevenly distributed in large part due to the variations in climate and physical geography throughout the country. With its freshwater, Lake Chad draws most of Chad’s over 17 million people to the southwest. The dry Saharan climate in the north is the least populated region of Chad. More than half of the population is Muslim, with one-third Christian, and the remainder follows indigenous religious beliefs or has no religion. Most northerners practice Islam, and most southerners practice Christianity or indigenous religions.