Join me today in praying for those affected by violent conflict as well as an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 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 the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will not spread to other countries and that it will be contained fully and quickly. I pray that violence will not prevent lifesaving and life-preserving care from reaching those who need it.
I pray that warring factions will seek peace for the sake of the common person and that they will not target and attack civilians. I pray that you will put love and peace into the hearts and minds of all who wage war and harm others.
I pray that refugees from the DRC, 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.
I pray for your strength and persistence for all the doctors, nurses, and others working to care for patients suffering from Ebola. I pray that all those infected will be treated and their lives saved. I pray for your mercy for the souls of those who have died and your peace for their families and friends who mourn.
I pray that effective preventative measures will be taught and implemented to prevent the spread of Ebola in areas affected by the disease. I pray that cultural traditions will not prevent people from doing what it takes to stop and prevent the spread of the disease.
Notes and Explanations
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been facing its second Ebola outbreak of 2018. The current one was declared on August 1st, shortly after the first outbreak was officially declared to be over. The current Ebola outbreak is in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the country, regions which are affected by a number of armed groups.
The instability of certain areas affected has caused problems with regards to healthcare workers being able to reach and treat those infected by Ebola. On October 21st, a rebel group killed thirteen people and abducted a dozen children in Beni, a city at the epicenter of the outbreak. In some cases, aid organizations have halted their work in certain areas as a result of violence. Over 120 people have died from Ebola in the current outbreak.
Ebola is one of the most deadly as well as easily spread diseases in the world. It is spread through contact with bodily fluids. One issue in preventing its spread is stopping the traditional funeral rituals that involve heavy contact with the bodies of the deceased, meaning Ebola can spread easily to those conducting these rituals. Aid organizations face heavy resistance in safely burying the dead, and International Red Cross workers have been attacked while burying those who have died of Ebola.
To learn more about Ebola and how it is affecting the Democratic Republic of the Congo, read a summary from the World Health Organization here.
In addition to being affected by Ebola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is affected by violent conflict, with a variety of rebel factions fighting against government forces. The country has produced over 800,000 refugees and approximately 4.5 million people are internally displaced. The country also hosts over half-a-million refugees from other countries. 13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian aid and almost 8 million people are acutely food insecure. The country’s total population is about 81 million.