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Kids of Courage in Russia

KOC in Russia
Дети отваги
(Children of Courage)

The U.S.S.R. (often called “the Soviet Union”) was the largest communist country in the world. In the early 1990s, it broke up into many smaller countries.

People in the smaller countries have their own languages. But many still speak Russian, the language of the Soviet Union.

Russian-speaking Christians have started a children’s website using Kids of Courage stories.

Go to the Map of Visitors page on this site to see if anyone in the former Soviet Union has recently visited Kids of Courage. The countries formed when the U.S.S.R. broke up are: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania.

You can find out what life is like for Christians in some of those countries in the Countries section of this site.


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.


Tajikistan’s President and the New Law

Tajikistan

RESTRICTED

Capital
Dushanbe

Size
Slightly smaller than Wisconsin.

Main Languages
Tajik, Russian

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 4:00 p.m. in Tajikistan.

The president of Tajikistan is Emomali Rahman. His birthday is on October 5. He will be 60 years old in 2012.

The government of Tajikistan has the reputation of being dishonest and corrupt. In August, President Rahman signed a new law that restricts children under 18 from going to most religious services. The government does not want children to be taught about their faith.

Pray for the president on his birthday. Pray that he will rule honestly, and that he will not stop children from learning about God.

To learn more about Tajikistan, visit its country profile.

To Think About: What would you and your family do if you lived in a place where it was illegal for children to go to Sunday school and church?


Law About Children in Tajikistan

Tajikistan is a country north of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and west of China. The capital of Tajikistan is Dushanbe, and the main language is Tajik. To say “thank you” in Tajik, you say “tah-shah-KOOR.”

About 90 percent of Tajikistan is mountainous More than 90 percent of the people are Muslims, but many do not take their faith seriously. Many people are poor.

The leaders of Tajikistan have been discussing a new law. If the law passes, children under 18, even Muslims, will not be allowed to attend religious activities other than funerals. It would not be legal for children to attend Sunday school, church, or Bible classes.

Please pray that all children in Tajikistan will learn that Jesus loves them, and that God sent him into the world so that all who believe in him may have eternal life.


Tajikistan

Tajikistan

Tajikistan

RESTRICTED

Capital
Dushanbe

Size
Slightly smaller than Wisconsin.

Main Languages
Tajik, Russian

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 4:00 p.m. in Tajikistan.

History
The U.S.S.R. (often called “The Soviet Union”) was the largest communist country in the world. In the early 1990s, it broke up into many smaller countries. Tajikistan was one of those countries. After independence, different groups fought a civil war to try to get control of the country. Droughts, natural disasters, and war have made the people very poor.

 

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
Although most people in Tajikistan are Muslims, the government is afraid of Muslim terrorists. So officials try to control all religions to make sure no violent groups gain power. It is against the law for children under 18 to participate in worship services at public places of worship. The government sometimes takes Christians to police stations to question them and find out more about their Christian activities. Muslims who become Christians are sometimes treated badly by officials and their families.