Prayers for Peace in Yemen, Democratic Republic of the Congo—030

Join me today in praying for those who are suffering from war in Yemen and conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am a Catholic who is passionate about international crisis relief. I write Humanitarian Prayers to be an advocate & help people care.


I pray for your mercy for those killed in the airstrike of a wedding party in Yemen, and for those who mourn the deaths of their loved ones. It is so sad to see that what was supposed to be a joyous occasion ended in the deaths of 20 innocent civilians.

I pray that Yemenis in need of medical care will be able to be reached by doctors, and that those who must travel to another country to get the care they need will be able to do so.

I pray that warring factions will block neither aid nor trade from entering and traveling throughout the country to reach the 22 million of the country’s 26 million people in need of humanitarian aid.

I pray that you will save all those at risk of death from starvation, severe acute malnutrition, diphtheria, and cholera. I pray that sufficient medicine, food and water will be available to nurse the sick back to good health. I pray that hospitals, medical facilities, and healthcare workers will not be attacked.

I pray for your mercy for victims of violence in the Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I pray that the estimated 100,000 people who have fled their homes this year will be provided with a safe place to live with adequate shelter, food, clean water, and healthcare.

I pray that the country’s 13 million people in the DRC who are in need of humanitarian aid will receive the care they need to live decent lives. I pray that food will reach the 2 million children at risk of starvation.

I pray that President Joseph Kabila will be peacefully removed from power, that new elections will take place, and that a strong and fair government will rule the DRC that has the power to protect its people from ethnic and other violence.


Notes and Explanations

Yemen has been in a period of war since 2014 when a rebel group called the Houthis took over and deposed the government. At least ten thousand people have been killed by violence, including thousands of civilians, with tens of thousands of airstrikes haven taken place.

 

22 million of the country’s 26 million people are in need of humanitarian aid, with about 8 million people at risk of starvation. Healthcare is largely not present in Yemen, and hospitals in operation do not have many doctors or medical supplies, and the doctors are not being paid.

Yemeni families who have tried to flee the country are not able to get to a better country, only neighboring countries that are also very poor and are not able to support them.

 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has faced violence and turmoil for decades. The country is home to a diversity of ethnic groups, many of which do not get along. President Joseph Kabila has been in power since 2001 and has constantly pushed back new elections for his people to choose a new president. His unwillingness to step down has caused a massive amount of fighting, with many rebel factions committing atrocities against civilians.

 

As of last month, 13 million people in the DRC are in need of humanitarian aid and 2 million children are at risk of starvation. Millions of people are internally displaced or have fled the country as refugees.

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