5-5-5 Challenge: Mali

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5-5-5 2013 WWL

[en]Before last year, Mali was a country with minimal Christian persecution. However, the situation changed with the capture of the Northern part of the country by Tuareg separatist rebels and Islamists fighters, and the proclamation of the creation of the independent state of Azawad in Northern Mali (April 2012).The Islamists soon established an Islamic state with a stern Sharia regime in the North.

Most Christians fled before the Islamists took over. In the meantime, they destroyed churches and other Christian buildings in Timbuktu, Gao and other areas, wanting to eradicate all traces of Christianity.

They also were very hard on traditional Muslims, killing people, amputating limbs and destroying Sufi sanctuaries. Since the fighting started in March 2012, tens if not hundreds of thousands of Malians have fled the North to the South or neighbouring countries.

The future of the Church in Northern Mali is very much unknown. The presence and infrastructure of Christianity has been largely destroyed. It will take a long time to build it up again, even if the Islamist fighters were successfully driven out of the North.

Secondly, it is unknown if the international forces will succeed in driving away the occupants from Northern Mali. If not, it will be very difficult to build up a Christian presence in the North again. The future of the Church in Southern Mali may be negatively affected by the rising influence in Malian politics of religious leaders from the High Islamic Council.

Even if the occupation of the North comes to a halt, the tendency for religious radicalization in Malian society may continue, negatively affecting the lives of Christians and their churches.

Source >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

Until recently, Mali was a relatively stable, constitutionally secular state with a moderate Muslim population. However, following a military coup in March 2012, Islamist fighters and Tuareg rebels seized control of the north, declaring it an independent state and establishing a harsh Islamic regime. Tens of thousands of Malians fled south or left the country, including many Christians. There is now a very high degree of hostility towards Christianity in the north – Christians simply cannot exist.

Pray:

  • For those providing aid and shelter to persecuted Christians who have fled to the south.
  • That international forces will intervene successfully against the occupation of the north, and restore peace and stability.
  • That the tendency towards religious radicalization in Malian society would be reversed.

Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/en]

[id]Dua tahun yang lalu, Mali adalah negara yang relatif aman bagi kekristenan. Situasi berubah setelah kelompok Tuareg menguasai bagian utara negeri ini, dan mendeklarasikan kemerdekaan Azawad di Mali Utara (April 2012). Dengan segera terbentuk negara Islam dengan pemerintahan Syariah.

Banyak orang Kristen memilih menyingkir dari sana. Sementara gedung-gedung gereja dan bangunan Kristen lainnya dihancurkan di Timbuktu, Gao, dan daerah lainnya.

Kelompok ini juga sangat kejam terhadap Islam tradisional, membunuh, mencelakakan, dan menghancurkan situs-situs Sufi. Sejak Maret 2012, puluhan bahkan mungkin ratusan ribu orang melarikan diri ke Selatan atau ke negara tetangga. Hampir semua infrastuktur yang berkaitan dengan Kristen dihancurkan. Kalaupun kelompok ini berhasil diusir dari wilayah utara, butuh waktu yang panjang untuk kembali memulihkan kondisi.

Kebangkitan radikalisasi di Mali ini sangat berpengaruh terhadap kekristenan di sana, bahkan gereja-gereja di wilayah Selatan juga mulai merasakan dampaknya. Belum lagi radikalisasi ini sudah masuh ke dalam urusan politik negara ini.

Sumber >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

Berdoa:

  • Untuk pihak-pihak yang sudah menyediakan tempat dan melindungi para pengungsi dari Utara.
  • Bagi keberhasilan pasukan internasional memulihkan perdamaian dan stabilitas, khususnya di wilayah utara.
  • Supaya radikalisasi di antara warga negara Mali bisa dihambat.

Sumber >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/id]

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