Join me today in praying for the country of South Sudan, currently facing a civil war, and for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. 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 and help people care.
I pray that in South Sudan, a long-term peace deal will be met and its conditions kept. I pray that the leadership of both the government and the rebels will make sure their factions keep the deal for the sake of the common person who has suffered as a result of war.
I pray that rape and sexual assault will no longer be used as a weapon of war. I pray for the repentance of the wicked men who have been perpetrators of rape and sexual assault. I pray that the injured will heal fully and quickly. I pray that those who mourn loved ones killed in the war will be comforted.
I pray for the estimated 3-4 million displaced people and refugees, that they will receive shelter, food, clean water, and the other necessities to live a decent life. I pray that refugees from South Sudan will be treated with kindness, especially in Uganda, and that the necessary international aid will be present to assist them.
I pray that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh will be spared from the potentially devastating effects of the monsoon season. I pray that the estimated 200,000 people that need to be relocated will be able to move to safe places. I pray that housing and latrines will not continue to be destroyed and that no more people will die because of the flooding.
I pray that the refugee camps that host approximately one million people will have adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare, and counseling to support each person.
I pray especially for sufficient healthcare for pregnant women, new mothers, and young children. I pray that each of the Rohingya will encounter the peace of Christ in Christian aid workers to bear their burdens.
Notes and Explanations
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but has been in a state of civil war between the government and a rebel group since 2013. Recently South Sudan’s president met with the rebel leader and on June 27th they agreed upon a “permanent” ceasefire which would start on the 30th. However, on June 30th fighting broke out again, with both groups blaming each other for starting it. Learn more here.
South Sudan has a population of approximately 12 million, with 7 million people in need of humanitarian aid, especially food and healthcare.
Approximately 4 million people have been displaced. About 2 million people have fled South Sudan as refugees, with over one million going to neighboring Uganda. South Sudan has produced the third highest number of refugees in the world, following Syria and Afghanistan. Learn more about South Sudan’s refugee crisis here.
Rape and sexual assault against women and children have been used as a weapon of war in South Sudan. Thousands of woman have been raped.
The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority group from Myanmar. Though they have been forced to flee the country in the past, since August 2017 approximately 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh as refugees as a result of an intense and deadly persecution by the military of Myanmar, which has denied any wrongdoing.
Currently, they are under threat in Bangladesh due to the weather. Bangladesh’s lengthy monsoon season has begun and the country is expected to receive over 8 feet of rain within the next few months. The Rohingya refugee camps are mostly made of bamboo structures built upon dirt, which easily transforms into mud during rain.