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For the ONE Church - Maldives

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: The country has been trying to implement a true democratic system after having the same leader for 30 years. The elected president resigned in 2012 under heavy pressure. Maldivians are protective of their culture. While tourism is a major source of income...

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For the ONE Church - Morocco

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Morocco is ruled by a monarch who is purportedly a direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad. The king is the leader of an Islamic theocracy. Although the North African country has experienced 1,400 years of enslavement to Islam, Morocco’s original...

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For the ONE Church - Oman

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Oman, located on the Arabian Peninsula, is a relatively rich and peaceful country. Its government has made an effort to stay away from political or religious wars. The Sultan is the only Arab leader who is not married and does not have children.  MAJOR...

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For the ONE Church - Turkmenistan

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Turkmenistan, a former Soviet republic, has prospered economically because of its natural gas reserves and access to the Caspian Sea. Due to a long history of dictatorship, Turkmenistan remains closed and isolated. School children swear an oath of allegiance...

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For the ONE Church - Southern Mexico

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DESIGNATION: Hostile BACKGROUND: Most Mexicans are nominally Catholic. Southern Mexico has a high concentration of indigenous minority groups that maintain a separate identity and speak indigenous languages. The area is largely impoverished and underdeveloped. Drug cartels and militant...

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For the ONE Church - Lebanon

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DESIGNATION: Hostile BACKGROUND: Lebanon has long suffered from war both within and beyond its borders with Syria and Israel. Its geographic, cultural and religious diversity make it unique in the Middle East. Many estimate the refugee population to be 25 to 33 percent of the overall population...

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For the ONE Church – Laos

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Laos is the poorest country in Southeast Asia. Wages are low and goods are expensive. There is no industrial sector, and the country’s infrastructure and education system are weak. There is, however, a large tourist industry. Laos has a substantial drug...

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For the ONE Church - India

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DESIGNATION: Hostile BACKGROUND: India has a growing economy and a great diversity of languages, cultures and religions. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Hindu nationalist organization has seen a 20-percent increase in membership and an emboldened base...

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For the ONE Church – Syria

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Syria has endured civil war since 2011. Rebel groups control large portions of the country, and an estimated 4.1 million Syrians have left since 2011. In addition, about 6.5 million Syrians are displaced within Syria. MAJOR RELIGIONS: Syria is majority Sunni...

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For the ONE Church – Iran

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Iranians, descendants of the ancient Persians, are still affected by a costly war with Iraq in the 1980s. That war was preceded by the 1979 Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who returned from exile to lead the overthrow of the Shah. Though...

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