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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The vast majority of the population are Muslim. They were almost completely unevangelized before 1973. Islamic fundamentalism is on the rise. However, most are involved in occult practices through witchcraft, curses and spirit possession. Many young people disillusioned with life in this society that offers so little hope attempt to find solace in drugs, sex or the opportunity to leave the islands. Pray that they might have opportunities to hear the gospel of life that offers hope to all.
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.
For an additional 3 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Comoros.