Swaziland? We wait for light...
but we walk in darkness.
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
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from north to south and
81 miles east to west.
The western half is
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.