Join me today in praying for Venezuela’s refugees and for a resolution to the crisis they are fleeing within their country. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am a Catholic who is passionate about international crisis relief. I write Humanitarian Prayers to encourage people to pray for those suffering most in our world.
I pray that in whatever country they enter, the more than 2 million Venezuelan refugees will be treated with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, they will be met and assisted by people with resources to help them.
I pray that bordering countries will continue to allow refugees to enter and that there will be greater international support for where the bordering countries and communities are not able to support refugees.
I pray that Venezuela’s government will not continue to practice policies that impoverish its people and prevent their access to basic resources like adequate food and healthcare. I pray that they will not continue to block international aid from reaching their people.
I pray that for the sake of the common person, President Maduro will resign and that the country will hold free and fair elections. I pray for an effective way to reduce the country’s massive inflation rate.
I pray that the country’s millions of malnourished people, especially the children, will receive adequate and nutritious food to restore their health.
Notes and Explanations
What occurs in Venezuela is perhaps one of the lesser-known humanitarian crises in the world. Food and healthcare are hard to find, with only the rich and those close to the government able to provide for their needs. The crisis facing Venezuela’s people was largely created by the policies of their president, Nicolas Maduro, who was re-elected in May in an election that was not recognized as free and fair domestically or internationally.
Over 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015, with 1.3 million of them being malnourished. Earlier this month, Brazil briefly closed its border, saying it could not handle more refugees. Last week, Brazilians set fire to migrants’ camps and drove over 1000 Venezuelans back across their border.
So far in 2018 over half a million people have fled into Ecuador, which does not border Venezuela, through Colombia, which does. Over 30,000 Venezuelans entered northern Ecuador in the first week of this month, causing a major crisis. Learn more about Venezuela’s refugee crisis here.
On August 20th, Venezuela announced a new currency to fight its inflation, an action that economists say will only make the problem worse. Only in 2018, their inflation rate has reached 60,000%. Some project by the end of the year it will reach 1,000,000% (yes, one million percent).
As of the value on August 16th, to buy a chicken, you would need 14.6 million Bolivars; if you used paper money, you would need an amount of paper cash that would weigh 32 pounds. To learn more about Venezuela’s financial crisis and see more of the facts, click here.