Join me today in praying for civilians in the city of Hodeida in Yemen. 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 that warring factions in Hodeida, and in all of Yemen, will cease fighting and seek peace for the sake of the common person who is suffering so much. Place love, peace, and compassion to replace hatred in the hearts and minds of all who wage war.
I pray that the potential of mass (hundreds of thousands of) casualties will be averted. I pray that warring factions will not cause the port to be closed which supplies 90 percent of the food that feeds the country’s 26 million people. I pray that hospitals, medical centers, medical workers, and aid workers will never be targeted or attacked.
I pray that healthcare will be present for the sick and injured. I pray that you will save all those at risk of death from starvation and disease. I pray that the dead and dying will be welcomed into heaven for the sake of the suffering they have endured at the end of their lives. I pray that the injured will heal fully and quickly, and that all those traumatized by war will encounter the peace of Christ.
I pray that the greater world, especially the West, will not be indifferent to the crisis occurring in Yemen, called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world in 2018.
Notes and Explanations
Yemen has been in a state of civil war (featuring international actors) since 2014 when the Houthi rebel group took over the country and ousted the government.
Hodeida is a port city in Yemen on the Red Sea and is the country’s primary port. It has an estimated population of 400,000 people. In the past a Saudi (who are fighting against the Houthi) blockade of the country has prevented both aid and trade to the country’s 26 million people.
In recent months, reports have shown that 22 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian aid and 8 million are at risk of starvation. Healthcare is largely not present in Yemen, causing many deaths from illnesses and preventable diseases such as cholera.
Hodeida the newest front in the war. An offensive against the Houthi has been launched by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The United Nations believes that up to 250,000 people could die as a result of aid being blocked by the port being closed. They say that the city has the largest number of sick people in the country and that 70 percent of people there are at risk of malnutrition.