Join me today in praying for victims of war in Yemen, terrorism in Afghanistan, and for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk. I’m a Catholic passionate about international crisis relief and justice for the poor. Today I invite you to pray with me regarding the current crisis in Yemen, recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, and the Diphtheria outbreak in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.
I pray that warring factions in Yemen will cease for the sake of the common person who is suffering so much. I pray that they will allow humanitarian aid to enter and spread throughout the country without impediment so that there will be sufficient food, clean water, and access to medical care.
I pray that each person at risk of death from starvation, severe acute malnutrition, and cholera will be saved. I pray that vaccines will be provided to protect people from preventably diseases.
I pray for a severe reduction of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. I pray that extremists will never again attack humanitarian organizations and their workers who dedicate themselves to helping the Afghan people.
I pray that Afghanistan will gain a strong and fair government that is able to effectively suppress terrorism and extremists from harming their people. I pray that the influence of ISIS and the Taliban will be broken from people’s minds and from the citizens they oppress.
Have mercy Lord on all those suffering from recent attacks, from the attacks on Save the Children in Jalalabad, and the attacks yesterday in Kabul. I pray that the injured will heal fully and quickly and that those who mourn will be comforted. I praise you that Save the Children is persistent, committed to continue their work in Afghanistan after being attacked.
I pray for the Rohingya living in refugee camps in Bangladesh, for a great improvement of their conditions. I pray that there will be adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare access, and counseling to provide for each person.
I pray that diphtheria will not continue to spread among the camps, and that each of those infected with the disease will be saved. I pray that each of the Rohingya will encounter the peace of Christ through Christian aid workers.
Notes and Explanations
The current humanitarian crisis in Yemen is being called the worst current humanitarian crisis in the world. It is estimated that 400,000 children have severe acute malnutrition, which can cause death if not treated. It is also estimated that 8 million of the country’s 29 million people are at risk of immediate starvation.
There has been war in Yemen since 2014, starting with a rebellion, but now featuring many international actors. There has been a blockade against international trade and humanitarian aid reaching Yemen’s ports and land-based borders, leading to the massive risk of starvation and lack of healthcare.
About a month ago, the blockade ended, allowing aid, but not trade, into Yemen’s ports for a one-month period. That month is complete and now the ports remaining open is of critical importance to prevent a risk of catastrophic loss of civilian life.
A brief explanation of Yemen’s crisis can be found here.
Last week an office of Save the Children, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organization, was attacked by ISIS in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Four Save the Children employees were killed, along with one bystander and one Afghan police/security officer. Info can be found here.
Yesterday a bomb placed in an ambulance killed over 100 people and wounded over 200 more in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. More info can be found here. Some parts of the country are under complete control of the Taliban.
In August, September, and into October, over 650,000 Rohingya refugees fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh after widespread attacks on the minority group. Most refugees live in camps that recent reports say have squalid conditions, including a lack of sanitation and clean water, allowing airborne diseases like diphtheria to spread. Diphtheria primarily effects children, and can cause death if not treated by swelling in the neck that cuts off the airways. Read more about the diphtheria crisis here.