Area: 823,144 sq km
Predominantly arid, semi-desert; the driest African land south of the equator.
Population: 2,212,037 Annual Growth: 1.94%
Official language: English, though few speak it; most speak Afrikaans Languages: 37 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Major social issues loom ominously over Namibias future. Averting disaster requires appropriate government action, but more so a mobilization of the Church.
a) Poverty. A dangerous gap separates the rich and poor. Over 35% are unemployed. Ovamboland in the north is most acutely affected. Migration to the cities to find work creates shantytowns.
b) AIDS. Namibia has the fourth highest infection rate in the world. This prevalence (25% of adults and young people) and ineffective government programmes create a major crisis as life expectancy plummets. The Caprivi Strip records a staggering 43% adult infection rate. SU addresses this through their Aid for AIDS progamme, and many churches and missions are finally making this tragedy a ministry priority.
c) Reconciliation. Namibias colonial past under German and then South African rule, the legacy of apartheid and the Cold War-fuelled fighting and terrorism before independence have left many scars. Some good progress is being made in the area of reconciliation; pray that in Christ both perpetrators and victims might find forgiveness and peace.
For an additional 6 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 Namibia.