Prayers for Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis and Rohingya Refugees— 021

Join me today in praying for civilians suffering from war in Yemen and for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Information about current events is included. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am a Catholic who is passionate about international crisis relief.

I pray that warring factions in Yemen will cease and seek peace for the sake of the common person who is suffering so much. I pray that the 8+ million Yemenis at risk of immediate starvation will receive the food they need to sustain their lives.

I pray that both aid and trade will be allowed to safely enter and travel throughout the entire country to be able to reach each person in need. I pray especially that medical aid will be able to reach those who are sick and injured, and that hospitals will no longer be attacked.

I pray that those suffering from cholera and diphtheria epidemics will receive the care they need to save their lives.

I pray that the 1.8 million Yemeni children facing acute malnourishment will receive the necessary care and food resources to be nursed back to good health.

I pray that the 3 million displaced people will have adequate food, water, and shelter.

I pray that Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh will have adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare, and counseling to support each person. I pray especially that pregnant women, new mothers, and young children will receive the care they need to be healthy.

I pray that you will save each person at risk of death from diphtheria.

I pray that you will spare the Rohingya refugee camps from the potential devastation of landslides and the spread of preventable diseases during the upcoming monsoon season.

I pray that each of the Rohingya will encounter the peace of Christ in Christian aid workers.

I pray that since the Rohingya’s residency in Bangladesh will likely be long-term, those living in refugee camps will be able to transition into cities and permanent homes and properties, without being a massive burden to the people of Bangladesh.

Notes and Explanations

Yemen recently entered its fourth year of war. It was started when the Houthi rebel group overtook control of the capital and ousted the internationally recognized government. They were met with opposition by a coalition of other Arab states, lead by neighbor Saudi Arabia, who have caused relentless bombing and airstrikes on the country.

As of March 26, 2018, more than 40,000 Yemenis have died, including about 10,000 in fighting. Both sides are accused of killing civilians in mass.

Save The Children estimated at least 50,000 children died in 2017, an average of 130 every day. Much of this number is likely due to the lack of adequate healthcare in the country.

Learn more about what’s happening in Yemen below.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group from Buddhist-majority country Myanmar. Starting in August 2017, they have been persecuted by Myanmar’s military after a small group of Rohingya extremists attacked a military post. The UN described what happened to them as ethnic cleansing and genocide.

Over 700,000 Rohingya have since fled to neighboring Bangladesh. Myanmar’s government claims that none of this ever happened and that the massive amount of Rohingya newly living in Bangladesh were already there.

The conditions of their refugee camps in Bangladesh are described as very poor and at great risk of providing a breeding ground for the spread of communicable diseases.

Many of the camps are built on dirt with little vegetation; forests were cleared to make room for them in the Fall 2017. This will cause a high risk of landslides during Bangladesh’s spring monsoon season. Watch this video from MSF/Doctors Without Borders to find out about what’s happening.

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