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Republic of Yemen


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Area: 531,869 sq km

Mountainous south and southwestern portion of the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Ocean island of Socotra.

Population: 24,255,928    Annual Growth: 2.90%

Capital: Sana'a

Urbanites: 31.8%

HDI Rank: 140 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 28 (61% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Arabic    Languages: 14 All languages


Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Answer to Prayer

Increasing numbers have encountered Jesus. Despite difficult circumstances – opposition from culture, religion and families – increasing numbers are finding life in Christ. Through radio broadcasts, Bible distribution, tactful faith sharing and the Lord’s use of dreams and visions, God is drawing more and more people to Himself. At this point, they meet secretly and only in small groups. Praise God for the growing number of followers of Jesus who are learning how to honour their culture and family while still being faithful to the Lord. Fewer seek to emigrate as they understand that they can be faithful followers without travelling to the West.

Challenge for Prayer

Yemen has suffered almost unending conflict over the last four decades – three civil wars, conflict with neighbouring states, the effects of the Gulf War, Somalia’s collapse into anarchy, the Ethiopian/Eritrean war and tribal skirmishes. Tensions between Shi’a and Sunni Muslims make Yemen ripe for sectarian violence, to the point of insurgencies or even outright civil war. The treasured right of Yemenis to bear arms fuels tribal rivalries, while kidnapping, crime and sabotage are common forms of protest and fundraising. There are between three and four firearms for each person in the country. Pray for a fair and just government that will bring about national unity and peace.

     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 Yemen.