A. THE COUNTRY
The Union of the Comoros, in Africa, is three volcanic islands between
Madagascar and Mozambique. Government is a multiparty democracy and it
deals with constant agitation by the two smaller islands for autonomy or
independence. Underdeveloped and overpopulated, Comoros is one of
Africa’s poorest countries. The major exports – perfumes and spices –
are highly subject to the fluctuating market. The majority work in
agriculture, but the country is dependent on food and rice imports.
There is a high rate of economic emigration and high dependence on
remittances from Comorians abroad.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~691,500 and official languages Arabic, French and
Comorian. ~97.6% are Comorian, ~2.4% Minorities. Many young people are
disillusioned with life in this society and seek opportunity to leave.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
There are severe restrictions on Christians with harassment and
persecution increasing in recent years. Most of the population are
involved in occult practices through witchcraft, curses and spirit
possession. ~98.84% are Muslim, ~0.93% claim to be Christian, ~0.14%
Non-religious, ~0.09% Hindu.
In the Christian category:
~0.64% are Catholic, ~0.21% Protestant, ~0.08% Independent.
Evangelicals represent ~0.2% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~0.2% and of those ~0.1% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.