Area: 1,862 sq km
Three volcanic islands between Madagascar and Mozambique, all densely populated and resource poor. Mayotte, which voted in 2009 to integrate fully with France, is claimed by Comoros.
Population: 691,351 Annual Growth: 2.32%
Official language: Arabic, French, Comorian (a mix of Swahili and Arabic) Languages: 7 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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There are severe restrictions on Christians. Evangelism is forbidden, and those who convert to Christianity can expect severe reprisals from the community and from their own family. Harassment and persecution have risen in frequency and intensity in recent years. Pray for courage for those choosing to follow Jesus, and wisdom for all who must walk out their faith in this hostile atmosphere.
Comorian believers are gradually increasing in number, although the majority of believers are Réunionese, Malagasy and French. Each Comorian believer faces a difficult path fraught with likely opposition, and yet the body of Christ grows. Pray that leaders may be raised up for the increasing groups gathering for fellowship, and pray for the people and resources to train and disciple them. Response to the gospel is greater on Anjouan than on the other islands.
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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Comoros.