Prayers for Yemen, Rohingya Refugees, Peace in Syria—001 

My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk. I’m a Roman Catholic Lebanese-American passionate about international crisis relief, and pray for various intentions regarding current happenings every night. I wanted to share my daily prayer intentions with others and invite people to pray with me for those who are suffering.

I pray for the Rohingya, that things will change so that at their refugee camps in Bangladesh there will be adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare access, and access to counseling to care for each person. I pray that the diptheria outbreak will be contained and that all suffering from the disease will be saved from death. I pray that each of them will encounter the peace of Christ in Christian aid workers.

I pray that warring factions in Yemen will cease fighting for the sake of the common person who is suffering so much. I pray that You will save each person at risk of death from starvation, severe acute malnutrition, and cholera.

I pray for a peaceful end to war in Syria. I pray that those injured will heal fully and quickly, and that those traumatized by war will encounter the peace of Christ.

I pray that in Lebanon, things will change so that refugees will not be living in such abject poverty. I pray that the U.S. government will reverse its decision to cut off one third of its aid from UNRWA.

I pray that worldwide, refugees will be welcomed with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, there will be people and organizations with resources to help them.

I pray that vital systems throughout the Caribbean will be restored very soon.

I pray for the end of slavery in the fishing industry on Lake Volta in Ghana in 4 years, and for the end of slavery worldwide in 19 years.

I pray for the end of property grabbing in Uganda, that women will be respected as landowners.

Notes & Information

Over 2000 cases of diphtheria, an airborne, potentially deadly disease have occurred in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, mostly among young children. Reports say that conditions in their camps are atrocious.

Over 8 million people in Yemen are at risk of immediate starvation. For months a Saudi blockade has prevented ships from reaching their port, but they have recently opened to aid organizations. However, they are not yet open to commercial sellers who can provide food to more of the population.

Recent reports have stated that three quarters of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in extreme poverty, making less than $4 USD per day. Lebanon has the highest refugee per capita population in the world, and for years it has overwhelmed the country. There are one million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon, and potentially one million more unregistered.

The United States government has recently announced significant cuts to international aid spending, including approximately one third of about $360 million they give to UNRWA, the United Nations agency that works to help Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, unless reforms are made that have not been specified. The U.S. has also claimed that they will withhold aid money from UNRWA efforts in Lebanon and Syria, claiming that they are unstable (We know Syria is, but Lebanon is not). Lebanon has a population of approximately 500,000 Palestinian refugees, most of which were born in Lebanon and have never been to Palestine. This will have devastating effects.

Recent news states that hundreds of thousands of people remain without electricity in Puerto Rico. U.S. based media outlets do not report on the status of other Caribbean islands, many of whom were similarly devastated by 2017 hurricanes and likely also have lacking recovery efforts.

International Justice Mission claims that thousands of young boys are enslaved in the fishing industry on Lake Volta in Ghana. Watch their video about it here.

When women in rural Uganda become widows, many do not respect their claims to own the land they live on, and come with weapons to steal their land. More info about it can be found here.

In 2017 I prayed for the end of slavery worldwide in 20 years. Since its 2018, now I’m praying for the end of slavery worldwide in 19 years.

Stay tuned and follow for more.

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