Day 23

Chad, Central Africa
Population: 11,631,000
Chief of State: President Idriss Déby
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Kalzeubet Pahimi Deubet
Christians: 35.8%
Evangelical Christians: 11.0%
Dominant Religion: Sufi Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 49.44 Years
Literacy Rate: 35.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 80%
Refugees Living in Chad: 505,067

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According to aid agencies, Chad is currently facing numerous challenges: food insecurity, forced displacement, climate change (especially drought), epidemics (hepatitis E, cholera), and chronic poverty. As a result, about 4.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. International aid has made a difference, especially in meeting nutrition needs for severely malnourished children, and in providing emergency shelter for refugees fleeing into Chad. Pray for the provision of aid needs. Pray also for wisdom for the government in the region to tackle the underlying issues (The Bible, Proverbs 4:6-7).

ECHO Factsheet – Chad – October 2018 (Relief Web)

Algeria, North Africa
Population: 39,542,000
Chief of State: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal
Christians: 1.5%
Evangelical Christians: 1.4%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: 42nd
Life Expectancy: 75.41 Years
Literacy Rate: 91.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 23%
Refugees Living in Algeria: 99,005

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Algerian authorities have banned female public sector employees from wearing full-face veils, or niqabs, at work. The Prime Minister publicized the decision in a letter to ministers and regional governors. The ban has been met with both positive and negative reactions on social media, with some hailing it as progressive while others called it an attempt to control women and what they choose to wear. Algeria has been split between moderate and more radical forms of Islam since it was plunged into years of civil war. Most Algerian women do not wear the niqab, a custom imported from traditionally conservative Arab countries. Pray that the women will find freedom from harsh imposing traditions. Pray that the women will turn to the Lord and the “spiritual veil” will be removed as they know Him (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 3:16).

Muslim-majority Algeria bans Islamic face veils for its public sector workers to improve 'security and communication'