Join me today in praying for civilian victims of a cholera outbreak and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am passionate about international crisis relief. I write humanitarian prayers to raise awareness of and encourage people to pray for those who are suffering most in our world.
I pray that warring factions in Yemen will be able to come to a peaceful end to the conflict in the near future for the sake of the common person. I pray that you will put love and peace into the hearts and minds of all who wage war. I pray that civilian homes and centers will not be targeted.
I pray for the country’s current cholera outbreak to be contained quickly. I pray that warring factions will allow a time of peace so that health workers can reach people in need. I pray that you will save each person at risk of death from cholera or starvation.
I pray that internally displaced people in Yemen will have access to adequate shelter, sanitation, food, clean water, and health care. I pray that each of the 22 million Yemenis in need of humanitarian aid will be given what they need to live dignified lives.
Notes and Explanations
Throughout 2018, the situation in Yemen has been called the “worst humanitarian crisis in the world.” In 2017, over one million people were infected with cholera, a water-borne illness thats presence is considered a serious outbreak with a number of cases in the double digits.
In the first week of July, over 3,000 new cholera cases in Yemen were reported. The World Health Organization has said that 3,000 health workers need three days of peace to deliver over half-a-million vaccines in the north of the country.
22 million of the country’s 26 million people are in need of humanitarian aid, with 8 million at risk of starvation. Learn more about Yemen’s cholera outbreak here and the general humanitarian crisis here.
Yemen has faced a civil war featuring international actors since 2014 when the Houthi rebel group deposed the legitimate government by force. There have been many attacks on civilian homes, infrastructure, and gatherings by different parties. 10,000 people have been killed. The United Nations are making efforts for peace and the UN’s special envoy for Yemen has invited warring factions to meet in Geneva, Switzerland on September 6th.