Did You Know- Turkmenistan Edition

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in

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As one of the Turkic states in Central Asia, Turkmenistan is one of the most unique “stans” in the region. Did you know:

·         Alexander the Great conquer modern day Turkmenistan in the 4th century BC

·         Turkmenistan declared independence from the Soviet Union on October 27th, 1991

·         Is one of the driest deserts in the world- with temperatures reaching 125 degrees

·         Turkmenistan is bordered by the Caspian Sea

·         Half of the country’s irrigated land is covered with cotton fields

·         As of 2010, only about 1.6% of the population has access to the internet 

All unregistered religious activity is strictly illegal here and obtaining church registration can be difficult, if not impossible. Police and the secret services monitor Christian activities. This strict surveillance makes it difficult for churches to teach the gospel. The local authorities are hostile towards Christians; dozens of believers were detained for short periods in 2011. The printing and importing of religious literature is effectively banned. Indigenous believers face open hostility of family and community and come under constant pressure to recant their faith.


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