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Hidden Countries

The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians and monitors persecution in more than 50 countries. Find 10 of the countries hidden in the sentences below. Search for these countries: Libya, Oman, Iran, India, Mali, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Cuba, and Brunei.

Find out about more countries where VOM works here.

  1. Amy found a mouse in the bedroom and the kitchen.
  2. Kings and queens often live in fine palaces.
  3. A camel is a useful animal in the desert.
  4. The mother bear and her cub are hibernating.
  5. Members of the runners’ club run eight miles every day.
  6. People sometimes write prayers in diaries and journals.
  7. The family rode to the beach in a taxi.
  8. The taxi ran out of gas on the way to the beach.
  9. The campers ate chili by a campfire.
  10. The workers went to the drab hut and helped the owners paint it.

Country Search Answers

  1. Oman: Amy found a mouse in the bedroom and the kitchen.
  2. Nepal: Kings and queens often live in fine palaces.
  3. Mali: A camel is a useful animal in the desert.
  4. Cuba: The mother bear and her cub are hibernating.
  5. Brenei: Members of the runners’ club run eight miles every day.
  6. India: People sometimes write prayers in diaries and journals.
  7. China: The family rode to the beach in a taxi.
  8. Iran: The taxi ran out of gas on the way to the beach.
  9. Libya: The campers ate chili by a campfire.
  10. Bhutan: The workers went to the drab hut and helped the owners paint it.

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.


Oman

Oman

Oman

RESTRICTED

Capital
Muscat

Size
Slightly smaller than Kansas.

Main Languages
Arabic

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 3:00 p.m. in Oman.

History
A new sultan took control of the government of Oman in 1970. (A sultan is the ruler of a Muslim nation.) Qaboos, the new sultan, put plans in place to give citizens more freedom and opportunities. But the people still do not have as many rights as people in free countries.

 

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
Islam is the official religion of Oman. Many workers from other countries live in Oman. They are allowed to go to non-Muslim buildings of worship approved by the government. Christians must get approval from the government before they print any Christian books or materials. Almost all citizens are Muslims, and those who change their religion have fewer legal rights.