The first President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has died after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. The late 78 year-old led the country with an authoritarian grip for almost 25 years.
Shortly before his death, his family posted on social media, uncertain of what his future would hold health-wise. We were updated on September 2nd of his death, via the Turkish Prime Minister’s confirmation.
The beginning of September marked the 25th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence from the Soviet Union. This breakaway has been a beneficial transformation process for the Uzbek people overall, albeit one fraught with its own issues.
Uzbekistan ranks #15 on the World Watch List, which ranks countries where Christians face the most persecution. At the top of that list, we find North Korea, Iraq and Syria, to name a few.
Please join us to pray for Christians in Uzbekistan, since it is uncertain what is awaiting the church there now that Karimov has passed. Please also join us to pray for the nation as a whole, especially during the transition to new leadership. Remember the Uzbek church today.