A prayer for refugees and migrants, especially the Rohingya

Merciful God,

We place into your care all the refugees and migrants, especially the Rohingya.

God who hurts with humanity, we lift up our voices and pour out our hearts to You,

in sadness and grief, for those who don’t have anyone to hear their suffering and pain,

for those who don’t have anyone to love and care,

for those who don’t have anyone to tell their stories

and especially for those who have been suffering due to this pandemic

and struggling with Coronavirus to see another day in their life.

We pray for the refugees who have fled for their lives,

facing various limitations in many congested camps

and suffering from many contaminated disasters

for the unhealthy and unhygienic atmosphere of the camps,

and fighting for survival with COVID-19.

We pray for their courage of heart and strength of mind and body.

Keep them safe from harm.

Amen

Inmanuel Chayan Biswas, Communications Officer for Caritas Bangladesh in Cox’s Bazar

.Caritas Bangladesh

 

“Stay home, stay safe!” But what if your home isn’t safe? The reality for thousands of Syrians…

Apologies for the lateness of this post, but yesterday evening (Tuesday 7 July between 7 and 8 pm), we held a special online talk about what it is like to live with Coronavirus in Syria and the surrounding countries.  Listen to the recording here.

Here in the UK, we are so used to hearing the message ‘stay home, stay safe’, but what if your home isn’t safe?’

This is reality for thousands of Syrians who were forced to flee their homes because of war and violence and are now displaced within their own country or are living as refugees in neighbouring countries.

In Syria, there is real worry for people living in camps where overcrowding makes social distancing almost impossible and where the remaining healthcare facilities are extremely fragile. The extensive community networks of the Church in Syria mean that it is well placed to provide aid in some of the worst-hit and most inaccessible areas of the country.

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Six years on from Pope Francis’ visit to Lampedusa

Pope Francis offered a Mass ijn St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Monday (8th July) commemorating his visit to Lampedusa six years ago, praying for all migrants who have either died or been abused along their route.
“On this sixth anniversary of the visit to Lampedusa, my thoughts go out to those ‘least ones’ who daily cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them,” 
“These least ones are abandoned and cheated into dying in the desert; these least ones are tortured, abused and violated in detention camps; these least ones face the waves of an unforgiving sea; these least ones are left in reception camps too long for them to be called temporary,”