Pray for: Syria

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Damascus
Population: 18,275,704
% Urban: 56.1 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 31.1 %
Official Language: Arabic
Languages: 22
Literacy Rate: 86 %
HDI Ranking: 151 / 189
% Christian: 6.3 %
% Evangelical: 0.1 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 90 %
People Groups: 38
Least Reached People Groups: 19
% Unevangelized: 51 %
Persecution Ranking: 12 / 50


Title: Syria

Tier: 1

Type: country

The anti-regime protests of 2011 led to a bloody civil war that continues today. An estimated 400,000 have died, more than 4 million have fled as refugees, and the strife continues. Half of the population were internally displaced due to the fighting. Government forces bombed city neighbourhoods and carried out mass killings. Opposition forces reacted with their own bombings and violence. Use of chemical weapons resulted in strong international condemnation. There is still no resolution to the deadlock, but bloodshed continues and at times spills over from Iraq or Turkey. Pray for an end to the violence, and for solutions that will allow Syrians a chance to rebuild their lives and their nation.

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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.