Christians in a Post-Tulip Revolution Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is a country rich with history, as well as pain. This week I was reading an interesting article in The Economist about this central Asian country.
Kyrgyzstan is still recovering from ethnic clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the southern part of the country that took place in June 2010. The clash left over 400 people dead and 2,000 injured. Tensions from the post-soviet civil war still remain strong. One presidential candidate has proposed making the mere mention of the term “north-south” a crime of high treason punishable by a long jail term.
The Economist also notes that unemployment, corruption, inflation and human-rights violations still plague people’s lives, just as they did before the Tulip Revolution.
One thing the article failed to mention was the religious freedom violations of Kyrgyzstan. A minimum of 200 people is required to register a church. Consequently, many groups function without registration, risking police checks and fines. In general, no open evangelism is allowed. Kyrgyz Christians from a Muslim background often face much oppression from relatives, neighbors and Islamic clergy. In remote regions, believers find it difficult to get a job because of their faith.
Would you take a moment to pray for the Christians of Kyrgyzstan? On top of all of the pressures that they face as citizen of this country, they also experience the pains of persecution for their faith in Christ. Thank you for your continued prayers!