Pray for: Somalia

Flag for Somalia

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Mogadishu
Population: 16,359,500
% Urban: 46.7 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 46.4 %
Official Language: Somali, Arabic (few speak it)
Languages: 15
Literacy Rate: 38 %
% Christian: 0.3 %
% Evangelical: 0 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 99.7 %
People Groups: 22
Least Reached People Groups: 20
% Unevangelized: 62 %
Persecution Ranking: 3 / 50

Somalia

Title: Somalia

Tier: 1

Type: country

Africa’s most failed state may finally experience some stability. Somalia now has a parliament and recognized national leaders after 20 years without an effective central government. The militant Islamist group Al-Shabab (linked to Al-Qaeda) has retreated from the main urban cities, but still holds influence in rural areas. Al-Shabab’s attacks have focused less on controlling territory and more on spreading terror through murderous violence. Pray that Somalia’s rulers might learn from the past, govern for the good of the people, and respect human rights and religious freedom. Pray that those deceived by the enemy into committing terrorism might encounter Jesus who loves them and died on their behalf.

Somalia

Title: Somalia

Tier: 1

Type: country

The economic, social, and physical health of the nation is in a terrible state after years of war and neglect. Around 500,000 people died from famines (1992, 2010-2012), and as many more from violence. Decades of chaos provided a cover for smugglers, bandits, pirates, and terrorists. The dangerous environment and strict enforcement of Islam prevent most aid work. Pray for protection and effective ministry for aid workers, many of whom are Christian. Most Somali women suffer female genital mutilation. Many endure rape, then divorce and abandonment by their husbands. Traffickers smuggle children out of Somalia and exploit or abandon them. Somalia has the lowest health budget of any nation and the highest infant mortality rate. Ask God to show His mercy to the peoples of Somalia.

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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.