Join me today in praying for peace in Afghanistan and for the humanitarian crisis facing civilians affected by conflict. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am passionate about international crisis relief. I write Humanitarian Prayers to encourage people to pray for those suffering most in our world.
I pray that warring factions in Afghanistan will cease for the sake of the common person for whom they are causing great suffering. I pray that the government will be able to regain control of the entire country. I pray that you will put love and peace into the hearts and minds of all who wage war.
I pray that civilians will not continue to be targeted in war and terrorist attacks. I pray that extremist ideologies that glorify violence and terrorism will be extinguished.
I pray that the poor and vulnerable in Afghanistan will have sufficient access to shelter, food, clean water, healthcare, and education.
I pray that the nearly 2.5 million Afghan refugees as well as those internally displaced 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
Afghanistan has been facing war for decades and in 2018 is facing a severe amount of violence and terrorist attacks, often perpetrated by ISIL and the Taliban, whom the government is fighting to retake lost territory. Almost 1700 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018.
Over 2 million Afghan children are facing severe malnutrition. 40% of children have stunted growth due to a lack of food and nutrition. Over one-third of the country’s population lives below the poverty line and over one third more live slightly above it.
Afghanistan has produced almost 2.5 million refugees over recent years and decades, second in the world only to Syria. Over 1.8 million people are internally displaced. The crisis facing Afghan civilians is one of the most overlooked humanitarian crises in the world, possibly because conflict and the effects on civilians have been occurring for decades.