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Syrian Arab Republic


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Area: 185,180 sq km

Fertile plain on Mediterranean coast; 60% desert in centre and east but crossed by the Euphrates River.

Population: 22,505,091    Annual Growth: 3.31%

Capital: Damascus

Urbanites: 54.9%

HDI Rank: 107 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 33 (45% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Arabic    Languages: 22 All languages


Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Syria’s role in the Middle East has been a troubled one in recent decades. But a new and younger president, economic difficulties, nervous minorities and, above all, shifting political fault lines in the region put Syria’s own stability at risk. Lasting peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved without Syrian participation in any solution. Pray that God might somehow use this nation to bring peace to the area.

Changes within the country point to a potentially dangerous future. The Iraq situation created possibly 1.8 million refugees to add to the 600,000 Palestinians in Syria. They are now beginning to move onward, either to Western countries or back to Iraq. Traditionally moderate Sunni Islam is shifting toward more fundamentalist expressions just as the exploding youthful population find themselves jobless and without prospects. Water issues grow more significant in the region. Pray for God to use the uncertainty to draw people to seek the truth more urgently.

     For an additional 7 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Syria.