Senegal, West Africa
Political Leader: President Abdoulaye Wade
Religions: Islam 92.1%, Christianity 4.8%, Traditional 3%, Other 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Number of Terrorist Groups: None Listed
Acts of Terrorism: 1; Casualties: 0
Percent of Corruption: 67%
% of People in Poverty: 54%
Senegal, officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country south of the Sénégal River in western Africa. Senegal is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east, and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south. The Republic of Gambia lies almost entirely within Senegal, surrounded on the north, east and south. from its western coast, Gambia's territory follows the Gambia River more than 186 miles inland. Dakar is the capital city of Senegal, located on the Cape Verde Peninsula, on the country's Atlantic coast. Senegal is located on the west of the African continent. The northern border is formed by the Senegal River, other rivers include the Gambia and Casamance Rivers. The capital Dakar lies on the Cap-Vert peninsula, the westernmost point of continental Africa.
The government of Senegal cooperated with the United States in identifying terrorist groups operating in Senegal. More work remained to be done, however, to develop first responder services, to facilitate the quick sharing of information between agencies, and to control porous borders where police and security services are undermanned and ill-equipped to prevent illicit cross-border trafficking. The government of Senegal affirmed its commitment to United States government-assisted efforts to augment its border security.
Senegal continued to enhance its ability to combat terrorism, prosecute terror suspects, and respond to emergencies. Despite advances, however, Senegal lacked specific counterterrorism legislation and current laws made it difficult to prosecute terror suspects.
Africa’s most western country, Senegal is comprised of 92.1% Muslims and only 4.8% of the population are Christians. In Senegal, 80% of the population belong to three powerful Muslim groups. The Mourinde Muslims operate like a separate country and have strong trade links around the world. Muslim leaders have a significant influence over all aspects of Senegal life – and few people would make decisions without consulting their towns marabouts (holy men).
Challenges for Christians:
- Pray for the government of Senegal to continue to enhance its ability to combat terrorism, prosecute terror suspects, and respond to emergencies. Pray for Senegal to pass specific counterterrorism legislation and current laws updated to make it easier to prosecute terror suspects.
- There is a lot of freedom and tolerance different religions in Senegal― which is amazing in such an Islamic land, but only a few Muslims have ever become Christians. Pray for Muslims to yearn to know Christ.
- Senegal is desperately in need of more Christian workers―there are no more than 100 full-time Christian workers across the whole country. Pray that more leaders with a heart for discipleship and evangelism can be trained and released.
- A quarter of the population live in the capital Dakar. Christian groups are slowly growing. Pray for God to open doors to reach all of the different ethnic groups of Senegal in order to spread Christianity across the country.
- Thank God that six new translations of the New Testament have been finished in the languages of the most unreached people in Senegal.
Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2006, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors, The World Factbook