Join me today in praying for civilian victims of war and conflict around the world. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am a Catholic passionate about helping those suffering from crises.
I pray for a peaceful end to war in Syria.
I pray that warring powers will not continue to attack and kill countless civilians. I pray that gas attacks will never again be used as a weapon of war due to their inhumanity.
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 that warring factions in Yemen will cease for the sake of the innocent common person who is suffering so much. I pray that medical centers will never again be attacked, and that unimpeded aid will be allowed to reach every part of the country.
I pray that You will save each person at risk of death from starvation, severe acute malnutrition, cholera, and diphtheria.
I pray for the Rohingya, that at their refugee camps in Bangladesh, conditions will change so that each person will have full access to adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare, and counseling.
I pray for the conclusion of the diphtheria outbreak among the camps, that it will be stopped from spreading and that each person infected will be saved.
I pray that each of the Rohingya will encounter the peace of Christ to bear their burdens through Christian aid workers.
Notes and Explanations
In Eastern Ghouta, Syria, there have been reports recently that over 100 civilians have been killed in one day this week, as well as reports that chlorine gas has been used, which violates the internationally agreed-upon rules of war.
Yemen has been facing a civil war since 2014, and it has also had a tremendous impact on civilian lives, especially regarding the blocking of aid supplies and economic trade to reach the country and many places within it.
Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims were forced to flee Myanmar into Bangladesh starting in August 2017 in what has been called a campaign of ethnic cleansing. The conditions in their refugee camps have been described as atrocious and a breeding ground for preventable diseases, such as diphtheria. The work of Samaritan’s Purse to help the Rohingya is an inspiration to me.