Prayers for Conflict, Displaced People in the Central African Republic— 060

Join me in praying for those affected by conflict and displacement in the Central African Republic. 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.

Prayers

I pray that warring factions in the Central African Republic will cease and seek peace 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 and harm others.

I pray that warring factions will not continue to attack civilians. I pray especially that rape and sexual violence will not continue to be used as weapons of war. I pray for your mercy and comfort for those who have lost loved ones due to violence.

I pray that international powers will pay greater attention to what is happening in the Central African Republic and seek to take action to alleviate the suffering of the common person.

I pray that refugees who have fled the country due to violence and internally displaced people 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

What has been occurring in the Central African Republic is perhaps one of the world’s most ignored and neglected humanitarian crises in the international community. The country’s current conflict began in 2013 when Islamic militants known as the Seleka took over the capital, Bangui.

Currently, there is fighting between the government and a number of militant groups, most of which are associated with Islam or Christianity. Militant groups from both religions have been known for attacking civilians. One aspect fueling the conflict is the diamond and gold-rich ground that factions seek to control and profit from.

Over 1.1 million people have been displaced. Over 500,000 refugees have fled the country and more than 600,000 people are internally displaced. The country’s population is about 4.7 million, meaning almost one-quarter of its population is displaced domestically or internationally. According to the United Nations, 2.9 million people in the country are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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