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Tanzania is a country in East Africa that includes the mainland (formerly known as Tanganyika) and the offshore islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. It is bordered to the east by the Indian Ocean; by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and Democratic Republic of Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. Africa´s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, is in the northeastern part of the country.
The name “Tanzania” derives from the names of two states, Tanganyika and Zanzibar, both of which gained independence from Britain in the early 1960s. The two states united in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania.
A multiparty democracy was instituted in 1992, and the country has remained politically stable in an otherwise troubled region. Economically, however, Tanzania struggles with some 80 percent of the population engaged in agriculture. AIDS has deeply affected the social fabric of the nation, with six percent of the population living with HIV/AIDS and more than one million children orphaned by the disease.
Religious harmony is remarkably high between the Christian and Muslim communities. The evangelical population continues to grow, climbing from 2.4 million people in 1990 to 8 million in 2010. The island of Zanzibar is 99 percent Muslim and is facing increasing pressures from radical groups. About 16 percent of Tanzania´s population is animist.
According to the Joshua Project, Tanzania is home to 156 ethnic groups, 30 of whom remain unreached with the gospel. Arab, South Asian, Chinese, and European communities are also part of the diverse mix of peoples.
Recent Prayerline Posts
TANZANIA. Spending their lives caring for others, many widows have no marketable skills they can use to support themselves. Native missionaries who see tribal people respond well to the gospel are thankful for assistance donors have provided to church widows ...
TANZANIA. Widows, orphans and other small children survive and thrive thanks to the churches established by Christ Alive in Tanzania. Leaders of those churches will be equipped and empowered to carry out those ministries by their annual convention ...