Join me today in praying for civilians affected by war in eastern Ghouta (Syria) and Yemen, and for the needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I’m passionate about international crisis relief.
I pray for a peaceful end to war in Syria. I pray that whenever the war ends, the destroyed cities and their economies will be rebuilt, and refugees who have fled internationally will be able to return.
I pray for those suffering from bombings and airstrikes in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus. Have mercy on them Lord. I pray that the injured will heal fully and quickly. I pray that civilians will not continue to be attacked and killed in mass, and that medical centers will not continue to be targeted.
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 aid workers and equipment, especially medical aid, will be allowed unimpeded travel and movement throughout the country, and that neither aid workers nor medical centers will be targeted.
I pray that You will save each person at risk of death from starvation, severe acute malnutrition, diphtheria, and cholera.
I pray for the Rohingya, that at their refugee camps in Bangladesh conditions will change so that there will be adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare access, and access to counseling.
I pray that preventable diseases will not continue to spread across the camps. I pray that each person infected with diphtheria will be saved. I pray that each of the Rohingya will encounter the peace of Christ in Christian aid workers.
I pray that worldwide, refugees will be welcomed with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, they will be met by people with resources to help them. I pray that they will not be seen as a pest, but rather a set of vulnerable people whose lives we have an opportunity and moral duty to help.
I pray for there to be Christians dedicated to serving the suffering in the worst places of the world.
Notes and Explanations
Eastern Ghouta is a rebel-held area near Damascus, Syria’s capital, and has been besieged from the air by for weeks, but the violence has spiked this week, with reports of over 400 civilian casualties and over 2000 injured as a result of indiscriminate bombings.
Over 20 medical facilities have been damaged or destroyed, and all of them are underground as being in buildings above ground is too dangerous. International powers have done nothing of substance except say that a ceasefire is needed. Read a brief but detailed explanation here.
Yemen has been in a state of civil war, also with international powers, since 2014. Over 22 million of it approxiamately 29 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. Millions are at risk of starvation. A large part of this is due to a blockade of Yemen’s ports, not allowing humanitarian aid or commercial trade into the country, including food and medical supplies.
The Rohingya refugees are a Muslim ethnic group from Myanmar who started fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh in August after attacks by Myanmar’s military which was called a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the United Nations.
Approximately 700,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh in the past six months, and conditions at their refugee camps are very poor, allowing for rapid spread of preventable diseases, and are at risk of getting worse during the spring rainy season. Samaritan’s Purse operates a clinic to care for those infected with diphtheria, a disease that left untreated can cause death. Their work is an inspiration to me.