On 21 May 2017 people of faith gathered worldwide for the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine, and we continue to pray.
This week, we pray for the children, women and men on the brink of famine and in Somalia.
Simon Nyabwengi, Country Director for World Vision’s Somalia programme, recently visited the town of Baidoa in Somalia, and wrote, “It is now ground zero for the aid response to a starvation crisis that has left almost three million people hungry and hundreds of thousands of children at death’s door.”
Projection of numbers of children who are or will be acutely malnourished has gone up by 50 per cent since the beginning of 2017 to 1.4 million, including over 376,000 who have or will suffer severe acute malnutrition this year. If left untreated, more than one-third of these children will die from starvation and disease. Those who survive will likely endure the lifelong negative effects such as stunted growth and poor brain development.
The stats are overwhelming and hard to fully understand, but sometimes it comes down to one face or story. For Nyabwengi, this was a 9-year old boy he encountered during at a response centre. While visiting, the boy was rushed in, unresponsive, with the whites of his eyes showing. The medics immediately put an IV line into a vein to rehydrate him.
‘May he live, may he live’, Nyabwengi prayed silently.
“Thankfully after a short while he recovered consciousness,” Nyabwengi recalled, “The simple act of rehydrating him had brought him back from the periphery of death; death that would have occurred if he had not reached the hospital within three hours.”
Aid agencies are doing all they can to meet the needs of the people. But we are scratching the surface. So much more needs to be done. There are many remote places that aid has not reached and cannot reach.
Daniel 9:18: “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.”
Dear Father, we pray for and walk with the children of Somalia. You are a merciful father, and we believe in your goodness. Would you move our hearts to action and may you abundantly provide for the next generation of children so they can see a brighter, hungerfree future.
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