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Safety and the Upcoming Elections in Tanzania

Tanzania has gained a well-earned reputation for being relatively free of tribal conflict and politically-motivated violence. With an unprecedented amount of competition for upcoming presidential elections, some are questioning whether or not the political process will remain peaceful.

Lively Political Discussion

Lively Political Discussion

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September 1, 2015   No Comments

Unrest in Zanzibar

In 1964, three years after Tanganyika gained its independence, it was united with the islands of Zanzibar and became the United Republic of Tanzania. Interestingly, Zanzibar remained semi-autonomous after the merger; only some of the government’s services are shared with the mainland. There is, however, there is at least one major distinction between Zanzibar and the mainland: Zanzibar is proudly 98-99% Muslim, but on the mainland more people profess Christianity than anything else. Until recently, the whole country has enjoyed political stability–and that is highly unusual for this part of Africa.

Tension has been escalating over the past several weeks as Islamists have moved from mosque to mosque, building up support for independence from the mainland. Riots broke out in Stone Town, Zanzibar, last week on Saturday night and continued through Sunday.

It seems that these are religiously-motivated political riots. Two churches were burned and the Islamist party implicated in the riots is openly opposed to secular government. For now, the conflict is at a stalemate, but it is likely that tension will build as the country moves toward writing a new constitution by 2014. We are praying for the safety of Christians in Zanzibar and the sort of peace that would continue to permit the open proclamation of the gospel.

June 3, 2012   No Comments