Join me today in praying for victims of a humanitarian and refugee crisis in Venezuela. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am a Catholic who is passionate about international crisis relief. I write Humanitarian Prayers to inspire people to pray for those who are suffering.
I pray for a strong and fair government to come into place in Venezuela that puts the needs of the common people first.
I pray that the estimated 5000 people who flee the country daily will be treated with mercy and compassion by their neighbors. I pray that they will not be seen as pests, and that wherever they go, they will be met by people with resources to help them.
I pray for an end to the rapid inflation facing the country and the lack of ability to purchase foods, medicines, and other necessities that it causes. I pray that hospital and medical facilities will be well-equipped to provide for the needs of the sick and injured.
I pray especially for good care for children, and that parents will no longer have or feel the need to give up their children because they can no longer provide for them. I pray that in neighboring Colombia where many of these children are left, there will be plenty of foster and adoptive parents willing and open to taking care of these children.
I pray that humanitarian aid will be allowed into and throughout the country to reach those who are in need of assistance.
Notes and Explanations
The common person is suffering in Venezuela is suffering as a result of a socialist government led by an ruler who puts the needs of the elite above the needs of the common people. The government generally does not allow humanitarian aid into the country.
The country’s economy is failing and it is facing one of the highest inflation rates in the world, leaving many goods, including food and medicine, out of reach of the common person due to extraordinarily high prices. Hunger and malnutrition has become a major problem, especially among children. Hospitals and medical centers reportedly do not have running water, medicines, or the basic necessities to care for the sick and injured.
The United Nations High Commission on Refugees has said that 1.5 million people have fled the country, mostly to neighboring Colombia, where they are generally welcomed and treated with care and kindness. Over 500 Venezualan children have been taken into custody by the government of Colombia since the start of 2017 after being abandoned by their parents. Many parents tragically feel that they do not have the ability to care for their children.
Read a brief but comprehensive article about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela here.