Day 28

Somalia, East Africa
Population: 10,616,000
Chief of State: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke
Christians: 0.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 3rd
Life Expectancy: 51.96 Years
Literacy Rate: 37.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Somalia: 1,160,286

Pray for Somalia - facebook page

The construction of sand dams which retain water above and below sand bars, is improving access to water supplies for people in Somalia as the country continues to weather periods of damaging drought. Somalia, can harvest water above and below ground and help to build the resilience of local people. Parts of the Horn of Africa nation have not received rain for three consecutive years and, as a result, crops and livestock have perished. The UN Development Program supported sand dams which are providing immediate access to water and a longer-term solution to the challenges of climate change-related droughts. Pray that Somalia will receive seasonal and sufficient rainfall. Pray that the people of Somalia will turn to Jesus Christ, the rock of their salvation (The Bible, Psalm 105:41).

Climate Change Focus: Fighting drought with Somalia’s sand dams

Pakistan, South Asia
Population: 199,086,000
Chief of State: President Mamnoon Hussain
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Imran Khan
Christians: 0.7%
Evangelical Christians: Unknown
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 5th
Life Expectancy: 67.39 Years
Literacy Rate: 55%
Population Below Poverty Line: 12.4%
Refugees Living in Pakistan: 2,962,782

Pray for Pakistan - facebook page

Commentators said that media suppression had increased noticeably during 2018. Journalists said there was more censorship and a growing clampdown on dissent in mainstream and social media. Some media organizations had to downsize or close down due to declining advertising revenue. Authorities are said to have pressured businesses to withdraw their advertising. Printing presses also faced pressure to refuse to print certain newspapers. Pray that God will break the spirit of fear over this nation. Pray this over the government, over those who speak out for human rights, and over the Church in this nation (The Bible, 1 John 4:18).

2018: A year of media suppression and rights abuses in Pakistan (Al Jazeera)