Area: 112,622 sq km
A long, narrow country wedged between Nigeria and Togo.
Population: 9,211,741 Annual Growth: 3.20%
Official language: French. Trade languages, Fon in south, Dendi in north Languages: 56 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The fair elections and recent peaceful transition to a new president cannot be taken for granted in this troubled region. The current leaders solid background as an economist and his open faith as a Christian should have a positive effect on the nation. Pray for courage, integrity and protection for him, and for strong and wise policies by his government.
Structures of sin such as people-smuggling and the black market (fayawo) are highly influential. Some 75% of economic activity is underground. This is deeply tied to Nigerian interests and makes Benin very vulnerable financially. Allegedly, tens of thousands of children are smuggled from Benin each year to work as child labourers, mostly to their eastern neighbours. They are often maltreated and abused. Pray for justice and righteousness to take root in Benin and for Nigerias influence to become a more positive and godly one.
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