Pray for: Mauritania

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Nouakchott
Population: 4,775,110
% Urban: 56.1 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 39.9 %
Official Language: Arabic; the Hassaniya dialect is used as the vernacular for two-thirds of the population. French is the language of government and commerce
Languages: 8
Literacy Rate: 52 %
HDI Ranking: 157 / 189
% Christian: 0.3 %
% Evangelical: 0.1 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 99.8 %
People Groups: 19
Least Reached People Groups: 15
% Unevangelized: 73 %
Persecution Ranking: 20 / 50

Mauritania

Title: Mauritania

Tier: 1

Type: country

Mauritania must overcome huge economic and social challenges. One-third of children lack enough food to eat, and widespread divorce leads to many social problems. Only about 1% of land can be farmed, and even that decreases as farmland becomes desert. New discoveries of oil could bring wealth, but could also increase corruption and further divide rich and poor. Slavery is illegal, but thousands most likely still live as slaves. Pray for freedom and justice for all those oppressed.

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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.