Day 2

Sudan, North Africa

Population: 41,592,539
Sovereignty Council: Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok
Federal parliamentary republic under a provisional government
Christians: 5%
Evangelical Christians: 0.4%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: 6th
Life Expectancy: 59.8 Years
Literacy Rate: 71.9%
Population Below Poverty Line: 46.5%
Refugees Living in Sudan: 2,498,776

The Joint Boundary Demarcation Commission between Sudan and South Sudan has signed the full delimitation of the boundaries agreed upon between the two countries in the presence of the representative of the African Union Boundary Commission. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Moaaz Tengu, said that the work of the Commission has been going on for seven years. The representative Maj Gen Mohamed Bannaga said the committee will complete its work in mid-November in Addis Ababa to prepare a comprehensive document to characterize the border, and “after the final approval of the agreements we will complete border procedures and describe the areas around them.”

Pray that the border dispute will be amicably settled.
Pray that the two countries will resolve a common agreement (The Bible, Nehemiah 9:38).

Agreement signed on contested Sudan-South Sudan border areas

South Sudan, North Africa

Population: 12,230,730
Chief of State: President Salva Kiir Mayardit
Head of Gov.: President Salva Kiir Mayardit
Christians: 58.1%
Evangelical Christians: 11.3%
Dominant Religion: Christianity
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 62.04 Years
Literacy Rate: 27%
Population Below Poverty Line: 50.6
Refugees Living in South Sudan: 2,093,729

Unprecedented flooding in South Sudan has affected almost 800,000 people. High water levels have left thousands of people stranded in areas that are inaccessible to aid workers. Before the flooding began, the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan was described as “catastrophic,” with around 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. The United Nations believes that the consequences of the flooding will “further exacerbate their situation, undermining resilience, coping mechanisms and access to life-saving services.” Over one million children are acutely malnourished many families cannot afford to eat even one meal a day.

Pray that medical assistance will reach those in need.
Pray that the international community will take action to thwart the worsening humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan.

Floods in South Sudan worsen a catastrophic humanitarian crisis

Afghanistan, South Asia

Population: 32,225,560
Chief of State: President Ashraf Ghani
Head of Gov.: President Ashraf Ghani
Christians: 0.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: 2nd
Life Expectancy: 60.93 Years
Literacy Rate: 31%
Population Below Poverty Line: 36%
Refugees Living in Afghanistan: 1,324,996

An explosion in a mosque killed 62 people in eastern Afghanistan. A UN report said that civilian casualties are at a record high with July to September the deadliest months this year. Islamic insurgents were responsible for 62%, while pro-government forces caused the rest. A spokesperson for Amnesty International said of the mosque attack, “Flagrant violations of international humanitarian law such as deliberate targeting of civilians is not something anyone should get used to or learn to ignore.”

Pray that the Sovereign God will reveal himself to many Afghani people as the One who cares about their earthly and eternal future (The Bible, John 17:3).

Attack at mosque kills 62 during prayers in Afghanistan (CBS)