Join me today in praying for victims of conflict in the Central African Republic. 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 you will put love and peace to replace hatred and violence in the hearts and minds of all who wage war. I pray that the government of the Central African Republic will be able to keep the peace and protect its citizens from violence. I pray that rape and sexual assault will not continue to be used as a weapon of war.
I pray for healing for victims of rape and sexual assault. I also pray for healing for all those injured by violence. I pray for God’s mercy and compassion for those who mourn the deaths of their loved ones.
I pray that healthcare and education systems and the people who support them will remain safe, stable, and in place despite violence.
I pray that the 1.1+ million internally displaced people and refugees from the Central African Republic will be treated with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, they will be met by people with resources to help them.
Notes and Explanations
Central African Republic is a country in Central Africa that has been facing a violent conflict since 2013. Out of its 4.7 million people, over 550,000 have fled the country as refugees and over 600,000 people are internally displaced.
In 2013 a Muslim militant group called Seleka seized power. The different groups fighting are primarily divided among religious lines: Muslim or Christian. Efforts for peace are underway. For basic info about the Central African Republic, click here.
During the course of the conflict, armed groups have used rape, sexual assault, and sex slavery a weapon of war. Violence has put aid and healthcare workers at risk, preventing their ability to care for people at times.