Day 12

Egypt, North Africa
Population: 88,487,000
Chief of State: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Head of Gov.: [Acting] Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab
Christians: 13.0%
Evangelical Christians: 3.4%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 16th
Life Expectancy: 73.7 Years
Literacy Rate: 73.9%
Population Below Poverty Line: 25.2%
Refugees Living in Egypt: 261,741

Pray for Egypt - facebook page

Egyptians in several governorates organized anti-government protests demanding the resignation of current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The protests prominently featured what became one of the central slogans of the uprising: "The people want the fall of the regime." Mohamed Ali, a disgruntled former military contractor living in self-exile in Spain started releasing self-recorded videos critical of the regime, in which he provided intricate details of alleged corruption, including lavish spending by President el-Sisi and his family. Ali worked with the military for more than a decade. Given his insider status, many Egyptians believe his allegations are credible. The recordings have been viewed millions of times, and several prominent hashtags have taken over the Egyptian Twittersphere.

Pray that the political unrest will be resolved.
Pray that a credible leader will rise and lead the country properly (The Bible, Amos 3:9).

Egypt's revolution redux

Uzbekistan, Central Asia
Population: 29,200,000
Chief of State: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Head of Gov.: Deputy Prime Minister Ulugbek Rozukulov
Christians: 2.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 17th
Life Expectancy: 73.55 Years
Literacy Rate: 99.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: 17%
Refugees Living in Uzbekistan: 86,828

Pray for Uzbekistan - facebook page

Rights activists are hopeful that there are early signs of reforms coming to the nation’s justice system. A scholar imprisoned on treason charges in 2017 was given an eleven-year sentence which was appealed and reduced to five years. However, his case was recently re-opened, charges dropped and he was freed from prison. This happened directly after a visit from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.

Praise God for the economic and social reforms that have started taking place.
Ask God that these reforms spread to all areas of the nation (The Bible, Proverbs 16:8).

Scholar imprisoned for espionage absolved and released (Eurasianet)