Pray for: South Sudan

Flag for South Sudan

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Juba
Population: 11,277,092
% Urban: 20.5 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 41.6 %
Official Language: English
Languages: 68
Literacy Rate: 27 %
Life Expectancy: 55 yrs (232/236)
HDI Ranking: 191 / 189
% Christian: 62.3 %
% Evangelical: 29.5 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 62.3 %
People Groups: 80
Least Reached People Groups: 6
% Unevangelized: 14 %

South Sudan

Title: South Sudan

Tier: 1

Type: country

South Sudan is the world’s newest country. The nation was born in a great spirit of unity, happiness, and hope. Thank God for this freedom from the long, painful domination by the north. Yet, little more than 10 years on, over a quarter of the population rely on aid agencies for food, the majority of females have suffered sexual violence, and progress is continually stalled by ethnic rivalries who refuse to share power, reconcile or build a better future together. Every family in South Sudan suffers lasting effects from the horrors of war and conflict. A country with a large Christian majority should surely not be beset by such self-inflicted harm. Pray for the Church to have a good influence in society and leadership, to make life better for all people. We echo the words of the final line of the national anthem, “Oh God, bless South Sudan!”

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.