Authorities promise “national dialogue,” but opposition leaders and analysts fear further violence in Eswatini. Statistics are difficult to find, but some locals tell media outlets at least 40 people have been killed so far.
Unrest has been building for weeks in Africa’s last remaining monarchy, formerly known as Swaziland. Protests began in May following the death of a law student, allegedly at the hands of police. The movement grew and expanded in June, escalating last week with fatalities, sporadic arson, and looting.
“There were a lot of burnings that happened; attacks on people, innocent people. People were also blocked along the way; they couldn’t drive to reach homes and some [were] exposed to danger,” Sphiwe* with TransWorld Radio says.
Today, “this unstable situation has continued. The marching in the streets and attacks on the shops [have] gone down a bit. But every area of shops … is heavily guarded by the army … and there are many roadblocks,” Sphiwe says.
“There’s a curfew in place, and shops have been instructed to close at 3 pm. If you are on the road after 6 pm, it’s quite risky because you never know what could happen.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray TWR can continue broadcasting the hope of Christ during these tumultuous times.
- Ask the Lord to protect His followers in Eswatini.