Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa with an overwhelmingly Muslim population. Christians, Muslims and followers of traditional African religions there lived together peaceably, as they had for centuries, until 2012, when war broke out in the northern part of the country, much of which lies within the Sahara Desert region.
In January 2017, the coastal region of northern Mozambique was battered for five long days by a severe cyclone. The tropical storm brought heavy rainfall and devastated large swathes of the countryside in two of the coastal provinces of this country in southeast Africa, already one of the poorest in the world. Thousands of homes were destroyed, and countless people left homeless.
Almost 90% of the inhabitants of Bangladesh are Muslim. Catholics are only a tiny minority at 0.2% of the population, and the majority of the faithful belong to smaller ethnic groups. This makes them minorities twice over: in their religion and in their ethnicity. But while the Catholic Church may be small in numbers, it …