Pray for Peace in, Refugees of Democratic Republic of the Congo— 041 

Join me today in praying for victims of 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 inform people about what’s going on in the world and to help them care.

I pray that the Democratic Republic of the Congo will hold free and fair elections this December as scheduled and that President Joseph Kabila will peacefully leave his position when the country elects a new president.

I praise you that the Ebola outbreak has been contained. I pray that if there is another outbreak in the future, it will be swiftly contained as this one has been.

I pray that warring factions will not continue to harm civilians. I pray that that rape and kidnappings will not be used as a weapon of war, especially to harm civilians. I pray that children will not be used as soldiers. I pray that you will put love and peace into the hearts and minds of all who wage war.

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 the estimated 4.5 million internally displaced people will have safe shelter, food, clean water, and the other necessities to live a dignified life. I pray that the hundreds of thousands of refugees in neighboring countries will be treated with mercy and compassion.

I pray that wherever the DRC’s refugees and displaced people go, they will be met by people with resources to help them. I pray that displaced children will be able to attend school.

Notes and Explanations

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been lead by President Joseph Kabila since 2001. His constitutionally-mandated term limit expired in 2016, but he has stalled the country’s effort to undertake a new election. There is an election scheduled for December 23rd, 2018 and it is unsure whether they will be fair, as there have been reports of attempted voter suppression.

There has been fighting between government forces and rebel forces for years, causing over 4 million people to be displaced and over half-a-million to flee the country as refugees. Education is often neglected in crises, and some children are having to work to support their families instead of attending school.

Neither side is innocent and there have been reports that forces have committed war crimes, abducting and raping women and girls, and that children have been used as soldiers.

This spring, there was an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ebola is one of the world’s most deadly and quickly-spreading diseases, but his outbreak was contained fairly quickly with 28 deaths, which is not a small number, but much smaller than previous Ebola outbreaks in different countries.

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