Pray for: Mali

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Bamako
Population: 20,855,724
% Urban: 44.7 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 47.3 %
Official Language: French. Trade languages Bambara, Fulbe, Songhai
Languages: 60
Literacy Rate: 33 %
HDI Ranking: 184 / 189
% Christian: 2.6 %
% Evangelical: 0.7 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 87.4 %
People Groups: 74
Least Reached People Groups: 45
% Unevangelized: 62 %
Persecution Ranking: 28 / 50

Mali

Title: Mali

Tier: 1

Type: country

Mali has experienced great upheaval in recent years. First, a military coup attempt in the south (in 2012) created instability. Then other rebels took control of the north. These rebels, a mix of Tuareg separatists and Muslim extremists, tried to impose strict Islamic law. Cruel acts were committed, and some Christians were targeted for death. Up to 500,000 people fled to the south or to other countries, including most Christians in the region. French military intervention, followed by a UN presence, stopped the rebels. Elections and a new government in 2013 brought short-term stability. Islamist groups still operate and commit violent terrorist attacks. Now, the main conflict is between the nomadic Fulani herdsmen and the farming tribes of the Dogon and Bambara. Tensions have long existed between these groups, but these have escalated into murderous assaults by armed ethnic militia. May the Prince of Peace prevail in a land crippled by violence!

Mali

Title: Mali

Tier: 1

Type: country

Mali must overcome huge challenges of high child mortality rates, malnutrition, and desertification. Around 10% of children will not survive to the age of five. Out of those who do survive, 1 in 3 will be malnourished. 67% of the land area is desert or semi-desert, and the desert continues to spread. Pray that Mali’s leaders will have wisdom, and will know how to provide health, education, and employment to their people. The country needs long-term stability and foreign investment. Many Christian ministry opportunities exist.

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