Gambia, West Africa
Political Leader: President Yahya Jammeh
Religions: Islam 88.8%, Traditional 6.7%, Christianity 4.1%, Other 0.4%
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Number of Terrorist Groups: None Listed
Acts of Terrorism: Not Listed; Casualties: Not Listed
Percent of Corruption: 75%
% of People in Poverty: Not Ranked
The Gambia, officially the Republic of The Gambia, commonly known as Gambia, is a country in Western Africa. It is the smallest country on the African continental mainland and is bordered to the north, east and south by Senegal, and has a small coast on the Atlantic Ocean in the west. The River Gambia flows through the center of the country and empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
Eight Senegalese nationals believed to be rebel members of the Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance appeared in a Gambian court on October 2, 2007 in the capital city of Banjul, where they were charged with conspiracy to commit felony, possession of stolen properties, spying on the Republic of The Gambia and unlawful possession of Gambian identity cards. The men were alleged to have conspired to commit acts of terrorism against the Republic of Senegal between 2004 and 2006 while residents of the Gambia
The Gambia is comprised of 88.8% Muslims and only 4.1% of the population are Christians. The constitution provides for freedom of religion.
Challenges for Christians:
In April 2007, a group of Muslim worshippers in Brikama allegedly tried to attack a Catholic priest. The incident, which may have been led by a police officer, took place when Muslims conducting afternoon prayers at the police station mosque were disturbed by noise from the nearby Catholic Church.
- Pray that the Gambia would become vigilant against combating terrorism. Pray that the country would not be a haven for terrorist groups.
- The majority of Gambians are Muslim, but few churches and missionaries have any contact with them. Pray that more Muslims, from all different ethnic groups, will have the opportunity to hear the gospel.
- Pray that Gambian Christians can be encouraged and trained to lead and disciple others.
Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2006, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors, SenegambiaNews.com, The World Factbook