Join me today in praying for the 700,000+ Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and for civilians suffering from war in Syria. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am a Catholic who is passionate about international crisis relief.
I pray for a peaceful end to war in Syria.
I pray that the injured will heal fully and quickly and that those at risk of death from their injuries will be able to receive the lifesaving care they need. I pray that all those traumatized by the war will encounter the peace of Christ.
I pray that the millions of refugees in other countries will be able to return, and that their destroyed cities and economies will be able to be rebuilt and restored.
I pray for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, that conditions at their camps will change so that there will be adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, and access to healthcare and counseling. I pray that they will be spared from potential devastation as a result of the upcoming monsoon season.
I pray that each of the Rohingya injured by Myanmar’s military when they fled the country will receive the care they need. I pray also that pregnant women and new mothers will receive the care they need for themselves and their babies to be healthy.
I pray that each of the Rohingya will encounter the peace of Christ through Christian aid workers.
I pray that worldwide, refugees will be welcomed with mercy and compassion. I pray that they will never be seen as pests. I pray that wherever they go, they will be met by people with resources to help them.
Notes and Explanations
Syria has been in a period of civil war since 2011. In the past few weeks, Eastern Ghouta, a collection of rebel-held neighborhoods bordering the capital Damascus, has been besieged and bombed repeatedly by Russian and Syrian forces, causing over 500 civilian casualties.
Read about the humanitarian crisis in Eastern Ghouta here.
The Rohingya are a Muslim minority from Buddhist majority Myanmar. Starting in August they have been attacked and persecuted by Myanmar’s military, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing. Myanmar’s military and government has denied all accusations of their crimes,
Since August over 700,000 Rohingya have come to Bangladesh where they live in refugee camps in squalid conditions. The spread of preventable diseases is a huge problem in their camps. The camps are primarily built on dirt in an area that has been deforested to make room for them. Their camps are at a huge risk of potentially disastrous and deadly flooding and mudslides during the upcoming monsoon season.