Join me today in praying for conflict and unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the DRC) and for civilians suffering from the civil war in Syria. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am a Catholic who is passionate about international crisis relief.
I pray that DRC president Joseph Kabila will be peacefully replaced this year. I pray that as a result of public and international pressure he will abide by his country’s laws and resign from office.
I pray that the millions of internally displaced people in the DRC will be able to find shelter and have sufficient food, clean water, and medical care to live healthy and decent lives.
I pray that the almost 2 billion USD in aid that is being requested for the country for this year’s needs will be met.
I pray that a stable and fair government that shares the wealth and economic gains with the common people rather than the elite and foreigners will come to power.
I pray for a redistribution of power and influence so that the country’s immense national resources will be used to enrich the country, to make sure there is good infrastructure and that the average person has a home, a job, sufficient food, clean water, healthcare, education for youth, and the other things needed to live a good life. I pray that as a result of the country’s stability their need to be dependent on foreign aid to provide the necessities for their people will be greatly reduced.
I pray that aid workers, supplies, and their centers, especially medical facilities, will no longer be attacked by any forces. I pray that each of the factions will allow unimpeded aid to reach the entire country.
I pray for a peaceful end to war in Syria.
I pray that the millions of internally displaced people in Syria will be able to find shelter and have sufficient food, clean water, and medical care to live healthy and decent lives.
I pray that the dead and dying will be welcomed into heaven for the sake of the suffering they endured at the end of their lives. I pray that the injured will heal fully and quickly, and that those traumatized by war will encounter the peace of Christ.
I pray that aid workers, supplies, and their centers, especially medical facilities, will no longer be attacked by any forces. I pray that each of the factions, especially the regime, will allow unimpeded aid to reach the entire country. I pray that when the regime blocks aid from reaching rebel held areas, and strips convoys of lifesaving supplies, international powers will not be indifferent and take action to stop that.
I pray that international powers will not continue to be indifferent as the Syrian military and the Turkish military kill thousands of civilians, place cities under siege, and prevent aid from reaching people. I pray that they will take action, more than words of condemnation, to stop the killing and death.
I pray that wherever Syrian refugees and refugees from the DRC go, they will be treated with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, they will be met by people with resources to help them. I pray that refugees will never be seen as pests. I pray that in countries neighboring Syria and the DRC, there will be greater international support for refugees, because those countries themselves do not have the resources to provide for most of the refugees’ needs.
Notes and Explanations
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been facing internal conflict for decades. President Joseph Kabila has been in power since 2001. He has overstayed his two-term limit and refuses to hold elections for a new president, continually pushing them back.
There are many rebel and ethnic groups within the DRC and many of them have committed atrocities against civilians. Millions of Congolese people have fled the country and millions more are internally displaced. It is estimated that 13 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. 4.6 million children are acutely malnourished.
Humanitarian needs caused by conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo have doubled over the past year, the UN…www.aljazeera.com
The DRC has tremendous natural resources that have the potential to bring much support to the common person if the wealth from them was evenly distributed, rather than kept in the hands of the elite and foreigners.
Syria has been in a state of civil war, now featuring many international powers, since 2011.
International powers have condemned what is taking place with words only, but have undertaken no action to stop the killing. It is fully evident that diplomacy will do nothing to bring peace, and that the powers will not continue their merciless attacks unless they are stopped by force.