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Violence in Central African Republic

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The Central African Republic (CAR) has erupted in fresh turmoil in recent months. Widespread violence has killed thousands and caused about one million people to flee their homes.

More than two million people in CAR are in need of assistance, but humanitarian groups have a difficult time accounting for the true scale of people’s needs, because fighting has reduced their access to vulnerable people. 

Pray for children

Before fighting began in CAR, basic humanitarian indicators showed children — just under half the nation’s 4.6 million people — to be facing some of the world’s worst living conditions. This conflict significantly increases children’s vulnerability to malnutrition, disease, loss of education, abuse, and recruitment to serve militia groups.

“Lord, we echo the psalmist’s confidence, ‘He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help’ (Psalm 72:12). Thank you for seeing the needs of precious boys and girls who are suffering deprivation and danger. Hear and answer their cries for help.”

Pray for World Vision

World Vision has not previously labored in Central African Republic, but has now sent staff to plan and begin our work in this difficult place. We feel called to help, and believe that as a Christian organization, we can be peacemakers and a voice to help suffering children.

“Lord, we repeat the psalmist’s words, ‘It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure’ (Psalm 18:32). We humbly ask for Your protection and strength as we prepare to enter this difficult situation. Give our staff wisdom and direction as they plan and carry out programs to help those in desperate need.”

Written by Denise Koenig

Photo © 2014 Bruno Col / World Vision

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