Vietnam, Southeast Asia
Political Leader: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
Religions: Buddhism 54.1%, Non-Religious 21.8%, Other 16.1%, Christianity 8%
Persecution Ranking: No. 8
Number of Terrorist Groups: 1
Acts of Terrorism: 3; Casualties: 1
Percent of Corruption: 74%
% of People in Poverty: 19.5%
Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost nation on the Indochina Peninsula. It is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, and Cambodia to the southwest. On the country's east coast lies the South China Sea.
The topography consists of hills and densely forested mountains, with level land covering no more than 20%. Mountains account for 40% of the area, with smaller hills accounting for 40% and tropical forests 42%.
In 2004, Vietnam reaffirmed its determination to fight terrorism without compromise. The Free Vietnam Revolutionary Group is a small terrorist group dedicated to ridding Vietnam of communism. The group has employed the only strategy that would presumably lead to the toppling of Vietnam's government; namely the group targets Vietnamese embassies. Thus far, the terrorist group has been accused of attempted embassy attacks in Bangkok and Manila.
Vietnam is mostly Buddhist nation (54.1%), and Christians comprise 8% of its population. The constitution provides for freedom of worship, but government restrictions still remain on the organized activities of religious groups.
Challenges for Christians:
Vietnam is ranked No. 8 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.” Vietnam remains one of the worst persecutors of Christians. However, the U.S. Department of State lifted the country’s designation as a Country of Particular Concern for Religious Freedom in November 2006. The more the church grows the more the authorities try to stamp it out. Unregistered church meetings are broken up and their leaders thrown in jail. Local officials have repressed Protestant Believers in some parts of the Central and Northwest Highlands and other areas by forcing church gatherings to cease, closing house churches, and pressuring individuals to renounce their religious beliefs, often unsuccessfully. Local officials have repressed Protestant Believers in some parts of the Central and Northwest Highlands and other areas by forcing church gatherings to cease, closing house churches, and pressuring individuals to renounce their religious beliefs, often unsuccessfully.
- Pray for Vietnam to remain diligent in fighting terrorism.
- Despite persecution the Church is growing in Vietnam―especially among the mountain tribal people. Thank God that his Spirit is stronger than any laws or government.
- Pray that Vietnamese Christians would not compromise what they believe and continue to stand firm in their faith.
- Pray that it would be easier for missionaries to work in Vietnam and that more Christians would be called to dedicate their lives and their service to Vietnam.
- Pray for communist leader to come to Christ.
Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2006, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors, The MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base, The World Factbook