Day 11

Laos, Southeast Asia
Population: 6,912,000
Chief of State: President Chuomaly Sayasone
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong
Christians: 3.2%
Evangelical Christians: 2.1%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 20th
Life Expectancy: 63.88 Years
Literacy Rate: 73%
Population Below Poverty Line: 22%
Refugees Living in Laos: 7,559

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The government of Laos embarked on an ambitious damming project on the Mekong River. The government is pushing ahead with plans in spite of a deadly dam collapse in July, which killed at least 27 people. The dam’s building companies saw that it was deteriorating three days before the collapse but failed to notify the communities in the affected area. The dams are also having a negative impact on the environment and people who make their living off the rivers. Pray that the need to generate more money for this poor nation will not be put ahead of the livelihoods of the nation’s own citizens (The Bible, 1 John 3:17).

Laos to keep building dams despite negative impacts (Al Jazeera)

A Day Before Laos Dam Failed, Builders Saw Trouble (New York Times)

Western Sahara, North Africa
Population: 571,000
Chief of State: President Mohamed Abdelaziz
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdelkader Taleb Oumar
Christians: 0.0%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 62.64 Years
Literacy Rate: Unknown
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Western Sahara: 117,659

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The London-based international organization Amnesty International urged the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara to monitor human rights in Western Sahara. The UN mission must draft reports on human rights violations committed by both sides. Amnesty International highlighted the lack of an independent mechanism to monitor human rights. The organization criticized the status of the Moroccan National Council of Human Rights which is tasked with protecting human rights in the provinces. Pray that the authorities and people will learn to obey the law. Pray that the rulers will change from hurting to doing well to others (The Bible, Titus 3:1).

Amnesty wants the MINURSO to monitor human rights in Western Sahara and in Tindouf