Join me today in praying for victims of conflict in the Central African Republic. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am passionate about international crisis relief. I write Humanitarian Prayers to raise awareness and promote compassion.
I pray that warring factions in the Central African Republic will seek peace for the sake of the common person who is suffering so much. I pray that they will not continue to harm civilians, aid workers, and U.N. peacekeepers. I pray that those who mourn will be comforted.
I pray that the government will regain full control of the country and be able to keep the peace. I pray that all who wage war will be filled with love and peace to replace hate and violence.
I pray that the 500,000+ refugees who have fled the country in recent years will be treated with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, they will met met by people with resources to help them. I pray that aid agencies will be fully funded to provide the needed support for the refugees, especially in Cameroon.
I pray that those who are internally displaced will have shelter, food, clean water, healthcare, and the other necessities to live a dignified life.
Notes and Explanations
The Central African Republic is a country of about 4.5 million people in central Africa. It borders Chad, Cameroon, South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Congo. It has been embroiled in violent internal conflict between the legitimate government and rebel groups since about 2013.
During this time, about 600,000 people have been displaced and 4,000 have been killed. 568,000 of the displaced are refugees in neighboring countries. About 250,000 refugees are in Cameroon; the United Nations High Commission on Refugees have only received twenty percent of their annual funding needed to care for the CAR’s refugees in Cameroon. Learn more about the refugee crisis here.