Join me today in prayers regarding the war in Syria and its victims, Palestinians who depend on UNWRA, and needs of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I’m a Catholic passionate about international crisis relief.
I pray a peaceful end to war in Syria.
I pray for a great reduction of civilian casualties, especially in Eastern Ghouta. I pray that warring factions will not target areas that are heavily populated by civilians. I pray that each of the injured will heal fully and quickly.
I pray that Syrians traumatized by war will encounter the peace of Christ.
I pray that warring factions in Yemen will cease for the sake of the common person who is suffering so much. I pray that warring factions will allow humanitarian aid to quickly and safely reach all parts 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 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, that at their camps the conditions will improve so that there will be adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare access, and access to counseling to provide for each person. I pray that each person infected with diphtheria will be saved, and that preventable diseases will not continue to spread among their refugee camps.
I pray that each of them will encounter the peace of Christ to bear their burdens through Christian aid workers.
I pray that worldwide, refugees will be treated with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, they will be met by people with resources to help them.
Notes and Explanations
Last week there were reports that over 200 civilians were killed in Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, by airstrikes.
Yemen has been involved in a civil war, also featuring international powers, since 2014. A blockade on Yemen’s ports has prevented aid and trade from reaching the country. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, an estimated 22 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian aid, with many millions at risk of starving to death. Read more here.
Starting in August, over 650,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh after attacks by the military that have been called ethnic cleansing. The Rohingya are Muslims and Myanmar’s government and military are led by Buddhists.
Conditions at Rohingya refugee camps are described as atrocious and are allowing rapid spread of preventable diseases, such as diphtheria, which is deadly if not treated and has had a large effect on children. Samaritan’s Purse operates a clinic for diphtheria among the refugee camps and their work is an inspiration to me.