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We invite you to join us in prayer so that human life in Eastern Ghouta may be safeguarded and that the ceasefire voted by the UN’s security council may be respected from both sides.
We believe in the power of prayer. MERATH Prayer Focus is your opportunity to pray for our work in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. Every quarter we focus on a different aspect you can support, providing you with information and prayer points so you can pray with insight, with your churches and communities.
Crouched in the darkness of underground shelters, civilians in Eastern Ghouta in Syria have been under heavy shelling in the past weeks. Food is scarce and when available it is beyond the means of most families. While being directly targeted by the bombings, Hospitals and clinics, or what is left of them, are overwhelmed with the stream of wounded civilians, of whom many were used as human shields. The dead are now counted by the hundreds and the wounded by the thousands.
This 100 square kilometers enclave at the outskirts of Damascus shelters around 400,000 civilians and has been under siege since 2013 with shortages of food, water, medication and electricity. Official aid convoys from the United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross are rarely allowed in.
The recent bombardments are said to be one of the most intense since the beginning of the war. We cannot turn a blind eye and ignore the plight of all civilians that are trapped both from the inside and the outside. International Humanitarian Law should be respected and upheld by all sides no matter what our political affiliations are.
Let us pray that the different belligerents may have restraint, compassion and mercy.
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