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Where in the World is... Swaziland? We wait for light... but we walk in darkness. Isaiah 59:9 S Waiting for LIGHT! waziland is a small country bordered north, south and west by South Africa and to the east by Mozam- bique.  The nation and its people, are named after the 19th century king, Mswati II. Swaziland is unique from most all African countries due to its population originating from one tribe—Swazi. There are two major cities, Mbabane and Manzini. The country gained its independence from Britain in 1968. Swaziland is a small country, stretching 120 miles Africa 14 • NATIONS from north to south and 81 miles east to west. The western half is mountainous. The population of Swaziland is 1,386,914 (July 2012 est). The people speak mainly English and SiSwati with four other languages also spoken; the Bible is available in three of the languages. The main religion according to the CIA fact book is African Zionist 40% (a blend of Christianity and indig- enous ancestral worship), Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, and others including Anglican, Baha'i, Methodist, Mormon and Jewish. Swaziland's main trading partner is South Africa. The people derive their livelihood from farming and the majority of the population lives on less than $2 a day. There is an AIDS epidemic in the country. Many chil- dren are being raised by grandmothers because parents have died. A recent report states that poverty is so severe in Swaziland that some people who are close to starvation are forced to eat cow dung in order to fill their stomachs before they can take ARV drugs to treat their HIV status. The death rate is near the highest in the world. Life expectancy for men and women in Swaziland is only 49 years of age (not much time to prepare for eternity). Pray for this country in this corner of the world in the grip of death and darkness. Time is literally running out for the souls of Swaziland.