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Five Facts About Comoros

Comoros
The president of Comoros

Comoros is an island nation located off the east coast of Africa. Read five facts about the country below.

  1. About 98 percent of the people are Muslims. Almost all the children between the ages of 4 and 7 attend private schools to learn to read and recite the Quran. The Quran is the Muslim holy book. Source: The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report
  2. “Turtle Day” was observed in Comoros on May 28, 2014. Green turtles lay 100 to 200 eggs at a time on beaches in Comoros and cover them with sand. The babies hatch in about two months, then race to the ocean. Adult green turtles weigh up to 700 pounds.
  3. The main language of Comoros is Comorian. Many citizens also speak French.
  4. Encouraging Muslims to become Christians is against the law.
  5. Ikililou Dhoinine is the president of Comoros. He was born on August 14, 1962. On his birthday, pray he will rule his country fairly.

Photo credit: ITU—International Telecommunication Union / Wikipedia


Flags of Turkey and Similar Flags

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The flags of many Muslim countries display the crescent moon and a star. Before Islam began, pagans who worshipped many gods used the crescent moon as a symbol. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Muslim Turks who conquered Constantinople also used the moon as their symbol. (Constantinople in now called Istanbul. Istanbul is the capital of Turkey.)

People began to associate the crescent moon with the religion of Islam. Some Muslims today say the moon is not a symbol of Islam. However, the moon and star appear on the flags of many Muslim countries.

Print and color the page of flags here. The background of the flag of Turkey is red and the moon and stars are white. Find the colors of the other flags in the Countries section of this website, in the online CIA Factbook, or in other sources.

Enter the names of the countries in the search box of this site or the tags for this post to find stories that can guide you about how to pray for the country.


U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report

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This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.

See the “Countries” section on this site or the “Restricted Nations” section at Persecution.com for further information about selected countries.


Comoros

Comoros

Comoros

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Capital
Moroni

Size
Slightly more than 12 times the size of Washington, DC.

Main Languages
Arabic and French

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Comoros.

History
Before Comoros became an independent country in 1975, it was ruled by France. Since then, there have been many struggles by different people to take over the government.

 

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
The government does not allow anyone to teach Muslims about a different religion. Children ages 3 to 6 years old attend schools to learn to read and recite the Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.) In some places, Christians do not have the same rights and freedoms as Muslims.