After a series of wars and civil wars starting in the 1980s, Iraqi Arabs fled everywhere, even to crisis-ridden countries like Yemen. In Yemen there is little clean water, not enough food or medicine, and no stability. In 2016, humanitarian aid agencies estimated that 80 per cent of Yemen's population requires some form of humanitarian assistance. This is the situation faced by Iraqis who have fled one crisis-ridden nation to go to another. Yemen cannot take care of itself let along refugees from Iraq.
Overwhelmed UN agencies do not screen Iraqis for refugee status nor process them for resettlement. Iraqi refugees in Yemen are often shuffled into other countries, and sometimes back to Yemen. Since Yemen is experiencing strife between Sunni and Shia Muslims for political power, a situation that Iraqis have faced, there is a good chance that many Iraqis are involved with that civil war. Such a situation prevents people from getting an education or participating in constructive work. Most of the Iraqi Arabs who now live in other Arab countries are from the middle class. They have a better education than most people, which gives them an advantage in the job market. With an ongoing civil war, the job market is greatly hampered.
Iraq is presently in turmoil. This offers both obstacles and opportunities for the Iraqi Arabs to learn more fully of who Jesus truly is, but that will require believers to obey the Lord faithfully.
Iraqi Arabs in Yemen are most likely to be either Sunni or Shia Muslims. Both Sunnis and Shias agree that Allah is the one true God and that Mohammad was his messenger. They both practice the Five Pillars of Islam, but there are some major differences. The Shias believe that Mohammad's successor should be someone in his bloodline, namely Ali. The Sunnis believed a pious individual who would follow the Prophet's teachings was the right choice. Because some of their leaders have faced violent, martyr's death, Shias understand that a righteous man can be killed by the unrighteous. For this reason, Christ's death on a Roman cross isn't as foreign to them as it is to Sunnis. Only about 15 percent of the world's Muslims are Shia; most of the rest are Sunni.
Iraqi Arabs need the chance to get their lives back in a peaceful land where they can do productive work and raise their families.
Pray that God will reveal himself to Iraqi Arabs in Yemen through dreams, visions, the JESUS Film, and through his Word. Pray for the Lord to direct Iraqi Arabs in his ways and help them to put their identity in Christ. Pray for Iraqi Arabs in Yemen to know God as their provider and lean on him. Pray for a movement to Christ that cannot be stopped. Pray for Iraqi Arab communities to become open to the influence of Jesus Christ in their lives.
Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Iraqi in Yemen.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Arab, Iraqi|
|People Name in Country||Arab, Iraqi|
|Natural Name||Iraqi Arab|
|Alternate Names||Arab, Mesopotamian Speakers; Arab-Mesopotamian; Iraqi Arab; Iraqi Arabs; Mesopotamian Spoken; North Iraqi Arab|
|Population this Country||44,000|
|Population all Countries||18,639,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|ROP25 Name||Arab, Iraqi|
|Region||Africa, North and Middle East|
|Persecution Rank||3 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (44,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||acm Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Arabic Bible Online||Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations||Campus Crusade for Christ|