Link to 30 day prayer calendar(see day 9)
Leader: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
Population: 30.7 million (334,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Parliamentary democracy
World Watch Rank: 08
Violence against Christians increased in 2010, with large numbers of believers killed and injured. There were a number of attacks on Christians in Mosul in the run-up to March's elections, leading to an exodus of Christians to villages in the Nineveh plains. Attacks on church buildings and Christian institutions increased in the second half of the year. In October 2010, at least 58 Christians were killed and many were injured in a bomb attack on a church in Baghdad.
- That the Iraqi government will be able to restore a situation of peace without limiting the church's freedom
- That believers displaced by the violence will find a place to go to and won't have to flee Iraq
- The need for trauma counselling is high among young people. Pray that children who have lost parents will receive the care they need and will grow strong in their faith in Jesus.