Cambodian deminers are among the most trained and experienced in the world as they have been working to clear the land mines that still are strewn across Cambodia after decades. They recently trained a group of 15 Ukrainian deminers who came to Cambodia to learn. 13 Ukrainian deminers have been killed and 64 more injured since the war began with Russia. Pray for Cambodia and Ukraine from these verses that remind us that as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him (The Bible, Psalm 103:13-14).
Source: Ukrainians Wrap Up Landmine Clearance Training In Cambodia (RFE)
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. This year, the former head of state of the Khmer Rouge appeared before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) appealing his 2018 conviction for genocide. The outcome is not yet known. Cambodia 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 37 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.
Hundreds demonstrated in the capital Tunis against President Kais Saied’s political path amid a months-long crisis in the North African country. The protest was organized by the National Salvation Front , a coalition of six Tunisian parties opposing Saied. Tunisia has been in the throes of a deep political crisis that aggravated the country’s economic conditions since 2021, when Saied ousted the government and dissolved parliament. Since then, Saied held a referendum to draft a new constitution in July 2022 and parliamentary elections last December. While Saied insists that his measures were meant to “save” the country, critics have accused him of orchestrating a coup. Pray for proper rule of democracy in Tunisia that can really bring peace. Pray for the rulers to avoid oppressive actions and abide by the law (The Bible, 1 John 3:4).
Tunisia is listed in the 35th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. The current President of Tunisia is Kais Saied and The current prime minister is Najla Bouden since October 2021. She is Tunisia’s first female Prime Minister. Modern Tunisians are the descendents 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. However, unemployment and economic decline remain big challenges to the new government. The pressure Christian Believers face is widespread and constant. Tunisian security services monitor any gathering for worship.