Join me today in praying for refugees from Syria, Palestine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Myanmar. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am a Catholic passionate international crisis relief and justice for the poor. I pray daily for those suffering, and invite you to pray with me today for those suffering from refugee crises around the world.
I pray for a peaceful end to war in Syria.
I pray that the injured will heal fully and quickly, and that those traumatized by the war will encounter the peace of Christ.
I pray for things to change so that Syrian refugees in Lebanon will not live in such poverty. I pray that war in Syria will end soon so that refugees will be able to return to their homes. I pray that there will be a modern day Marshall Plan to restore the many destroyed cities so that refugees will have places to live, jobs to work, and schools to attend upon returning.
I pray that the U.S. government willl not reduce its aid to UNRWA, the United Nations agency dedicated to helping Palestinians. I pray that they will see how it will severely harm millions of innocent civilians and change their decision.
I pray for refugees who have fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the wake of internal conflict in recent years. I pray that in Uganda, those from the DRC along with the estimated one million South Sudanese refugees will have sufficient resources to care for them.
I pray for the Rohingya, that at their refugee camps in Bangladesh the situation will change so that there will be adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare access, and access to counseling. I pray for a reduction in diseases being spread throughout the camps, and that those infected with diphtheria will be healed.
I pray that each of the Rohingya will encounter the peace of Christ through Christian aid workers.
I pray that conflicts that cause refugees and internally displaced persons will end soon with peace, and that fair and just rulers and governments will lead the countries they are from. I pray communities that refugees come from that have been destroyed will be rebuilt and restored.
I pray that worldwide, refugees will be welcome with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, there will be people with sufficient resources to help them.
Notes and Explanations
This month reports claim that three quarters of Lebanon’s 1 million registered Syrian refugees living in abject poverty, making only a few dollars per day. Lebanon is not a wealthy country and does not have resources to support its approximately 2 million refugees, with its own population of only 4 million. It has the highest refugee per capita rate in the world.
Many Syrian refugees are unable to return to their homes because even if peace lasts, many homes, businesses, and entire cities have been destroyed. Once Syria (hopefully) gains a new, fair government, they need a modern day Marshall Plan to restore their destroyed cities and rebuild a stable economy.
The way the Marshall Plan worked to rebuild Europe after World War II was that the U.S. distributed money to restored governments in European countries who in turn gave loans to workers to rebuild destroyed cities and build back the economy. Many places in Europe were as destroyed in 1945 as Syria is today, but a few decades after World War II, most countries in Europe had a thriving economy and restored cities.
The U.S. government has stated that it will cut $65 million from its aid to UNRWA in the wake of unspecified reforms needed, and $45 million in additional food aid. UNRWA is the United Nations agency dedicated to helping Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. This will have devastating effects on millions of Palestinians in the region who depend on UNRWA for schooling, healthcare, and other basic services.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been ruled by President Joseph Kabila since 2001. He promised that new presidential elections would be held in 2017, but now says that they will be unable to occur until April 2019. There has been conflict for years between government forces and independent militias.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, and has been in a period of civil war since 2013 when a coup was attempted, resulting in a crackdown on dissent and rebel groups by the government.