Day 18

Yemen, Arabian Peninsula
Population: 26,737,000
Chief of State: President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi
*Mohammed Ali al-Houthi (Current Occupational Leader as of 20 AUG 2015)
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Khaled Bahah
Christians: 0.2%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 9th
Life Expectancy: 65.18 Years
Literacy Rate: 63.9%
Population Below Poverty Line: 54%
Refugees Living in Yemen: 686,217

Pray for Yemen - facebook page

While the United Nations is warning that Yemen faces a serious famine risk, restricted humanitarian access means it is difficult to get an accurate assessment of the situation. The World Food Program said that the country’s escalating civil conflict and deteriorating economic conditions could push millions more to the brink of famine. Approximately 8 million people in Yemen are considered severely food insecure and entirely dependent on humanitarian aid. Lack of humanitarian access, meanwhile, has deteriorated over the last several months, following an onset of fighting. Pray that the humanitarian aid will continue to provide for the famished. Pray that the famine death will stop and the malnourished will survive (The Bible, Lamentations 1:11).

Despite famine risk, humanitarian access worsens in Yemen

Vietnam, Southeast Asia
Population: 94,349,000
Chief of State: President Trương Tấn Sang
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
Christians: 9.5%
Evangelical Christians: 1.8%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 18th
Life Expectancy: 73.16 Years
Literacy Rate: 94%
Population Below Poverty Line: 11.3%
Refugees Living in Vietnam: 11,000

Pray for Vietnam - facebook page

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has named five Southeast Asian countries "worst offenders of religious freedom," with Myanmar and Vietnam designated "countries of particular concern," where governments are "engaged in or tolerate systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom." Pray for a turning of the tables. Ask God to pour out his compassion and grace into the hearts of the Vietnamese authorities. Pray for their salvation. Ask God to change hard hearts into soft hearts (The Bible, Psalm 90:13).

Religious freedom declines in Southeast Asia (IFEX)