Pray for: South Sudan

Flag for South Sudan

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Juba
Population: 11,088,796
% 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: 185 / 189
% Christian: 62.3 %
% Evangelical: 29.5 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 62.3 %
People Groups: 78
Least Reached People Groups: 7
% Unevangelized: 14 %

South Sudan

Title: South Sudan

Tier: 1

Type: country

After a hopeful start to its existence, South Sudan seems determined to undermine itself. Within two years of independence, civil strife erupted. Political rivalry between the President and his Deputy, as well as ethnic conflict between their tribes (Dinka and Nuer, respectively), escalated into a civil war that has contributed as many as 400,000 excess deaths. More than 4 million people were displaced and South Sudan’s desperately-needed development regressed. Thank God for a peace agreement in 2020. Pray also for the resulting “Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity”. Only true repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation can overcome the spirit of bitterness and revenge. Pray for God to work miracles in the hearts of the leaders and of the people.

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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.