Day 15

Iraq, Middle East
Population: 37,056,000
Chief of State: President Faud Masum
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
Christians: 1.4%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Shia Islam
Persecution Ranking: 8th
Life Expectancy: 71.7 Years
Literacy Rate: 80.2%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18.7%
Refugees Living in Iraq: 4,026,483

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A mass grave was discovered in a formerly Daesh (ISIS) controlled area near the banks of the Tigris River in northern Iraq containing the bodies of men and boys. The hundreds of men killed are believed to have been prisoners who willingly turned themselves in. Under the laws of war, these prisoners should have been given fair trials, a crucial step seemingly skipped by their captors, as evidenced by the unmarked, hastily-dug resting place. Despite Daesh’s horrific crimes, Baghdad should treat former Daesh combatants humanely because it’s the right thing to do. It is in Iraq’s best interest. Pray that the government will refrain from revengeful punishments. Pray that the traumatized victims will overcome by forgiving their enemies (The Bible, Romans 12:19).

Iraq’s opportunity to reconcile

Sri Lanka, South Asia
Population: 22,053,000
Chief of State: President Maithripala Sirisena
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Christians: 2.0%
Evangelical Christians: Unknown
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 44th
Life Expectancy: 76.56 Years
Literacy Rate: 98.1%
Population Below Poverty Line: 8.9%
Refugees Living in Sri Lanka: 33,170

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For centuries, Sri Lanka was a Buddhist kingdom that welcomed refugees from India fleeing persecution – Hindus, Muslims and Christians. However, religious extremism and persecution has been rising. Pray that Buddhist extremism will be exposed in this nation. It has been used to polarize society, to influence politics and the military unduely, and to marginalize and suppress ethnic and religious minorities. Pray that such extremism might create disillusionment and generate interest in the gospel (The Bible, 1 John 4:8).

Challenge for prayer (Asian Access)