Day 26

APRIL | 2022

Cambodia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

A French court has decided to take action against two senior Cambodian generals for their role in a 1997 terror attack that has never been pursued in the Cambodian justice system. The target of the attack was the opposition leader at the time. Sixteen people died and 150 were injured. There appears to be substantial evidence implicating Prime Minister Hun Sen and his generals which is why the case may never have been pursued. Pray for a just outcome for the case which will be tried in 2023. Praise you, Lord, that the plans in a person’s heart may be many, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (The Bible, Proverbs 19:21).

Source: French Court Indicts Hun Sen Cronies (HRW)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Cambodia is notorious for the Khmer Rouge and landmines. That was 40 years ago, though, and the nation has enjoyed relative peace since then. Even so, the news still reports on frequently hidden landmine explosions that leave people limbless. It is a poor nation, and corruption runs rampant. The sex industry thrives. One-third of Cambodians live on less than one dollar per day, yet it is still one of the region’s fastest-growing economies. Prime Minister Hun Sen has ruled the nation for 35 years, ruthlessly removing opposition. After 2018’s sham elections, the EU, USA, Australia, and Japan have all moved towards introducing sanctions of some kind. The small population of Christian Believers has also enjoyed relative peace, although mission work is scorned. Cambodia remains a non-militant Buddhist state.

CHIEF OF STATE
King Norodom Sihamoni
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Hun Sen
POPULATION
15,288,489
CHRISTIANS
3.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
1,135
LIFE EXPECTANCY
64.14 yrs
LITERACY RATE
73.9%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
20%

Day 26

MAY | 2022

Tunisia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

There are continuous protests in Tunisia and the Tunisian protesters accuse President Kais Saied of failed dictatorship. They accuse him that he dissolved the parliament and imposed one-man rule in the North African country. There is a political crisis and economic disaster in the country. On the contrary, the president promises to hold a referendum and “free and fair” elections in a bid to end political instability in the country. Pray for the intensified political crisis in the country to be solved. Pray that the unity and sovereignty of the country will be preserved for the scheduled legislative elections. Pray for the churches to be strengthened by the power of God’s glorious might. Pray for them to endure hardships in patience with joy. Pray that with their increased faith they will experience the immeasurable greatness of power toward them (The Bible, Colossians 1:11).

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/tunisians-protesters-accuse-president-failed-dictatorship-2022-04-10/

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2061861/middle-east

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Tunisia is listed in 26th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. The current President of Tunisia is Kais Saied and the Prime Minister is Najla Bouden Romdhane, the first woman Prime Minister of the country. Modern Tunisians are the descendants of indigenous Berbers and people from numerous civilizations that have invaded or migrated to Tunisia. The Arab Spring enabled the country to have one of the most progressive and open societies in the Arab world. Tunisians felt frustrated by high unemployment, corruption, political oppression, and poor living conditions. Protests led to government changes and inspired similar protests across the whole Arab world. Tunisia’s new constitution is truly progressive, and positive fruit came from the suffering of the Arab Spring. However, unemployment and economic decline remain big challenges to the new government.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Kais Saied
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Najla Bouden Romdhane
POPULATION
11,722,038
CHRISTIANS
0.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
26
REFUGEES
1,135
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.89 yrs
LITERACY RATE
88.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
3.8%
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