In previous reports, we looked at the refugee camps in Syria. But the refugee camps in Africa are just as wretchedly miserable. The recent CAR conflict has left thousands displaced. The exact numbers are cloudy, but are starting to surface. The entire region in Southern and Central Africa are in crises and the fighting continues. Other news agencies are reporting that the weapons movement to this region has a fairly easy road from Libya and other countries. Christian Persecution is at an all time high. Wanting nothing but peace and normalcy, innocent children are the ones who suffer the most, as they tell us in this touching video below.
News agencies and Christian organizations report that the refugees are living in deplorable conditions “like animals.”
They claim that pastors are in dire need, attempting to worship amidst the difficulties. Through it all, they continue to demonstrate great faith and strength.
Sky News is reporting on the horrific conditions for those caught in the CAR conflict. They witnessed a teenage girl go into labor. She had been raped by the Seleka, and gave birth in squalid conditions, while mid wives tried to help her by forcing the baby. (From Sky News Click to watch video, *Graphic*)
France 24 reported in October of last year that those fleeing the Seleka were flooding a Catholic Mission in Bossangoa, mostly women and children. The men were afraid to leave the mission for fear of being picked up by the Seleka and accused of being part of a militant group. The women were left to scrounge for food, and still had to pay bribes and face rape and torture.
Interim President Djotodia has been removed from office and it is said the Seleka are being disbanded. But these people have lost their homes, their families and everything they had. Most of the children have lost their security. There have been reports that the Seleka will still retaliate if they don’t agree with the new government. An apparent vicious circle. Today, Yahoo news is reporting that fresh acts of violence has broken out. They say there is violence everywhere and it will get worse as the deadline to the election closes in. It’s far from over for these beleagured, war weary people. How much more can they endure? (More)
Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia, and Nigeria are facing similar trials. There are thousands fleeing from Sudan into UN humanitarian camps. It has been reported that human trafficking has become the new black market and is prospering. Those fortunate enough to scrape money together and are strong enough to flee, are met on the roads by bandits and human traffickers. From this map you can see how easy it is for them to traffic arms and people.
According to Caritas the number fleeing Sudan has grown by leaps and bounds:
We can see this war in Sudan is no different than the conflict happening in CAR. Warring tribal leaders and government’s driven by greed over control of mineral and oil rich lands, force innocent people into extreme suffering.
Two weeks ago, Sudan was reported as the youngest South African country. Today it is possibly the next Rwanda. Again we see an oil rich country that has it’s government fighting for control with the rebels, while the citizens are caught in the middle. Some say ‘It’s a resource wealth coveted by global powers.’ So again, at the expense of people wanting nothing more than to rebuild their shattered lives in peace. (More)
Here too, we see the world turns a blind eye, and as in the past–world leaders turn their heads. What is the answer? Start with awareness. Help us to raise awareness of this and other humanitarian crises. Share these reports, talk about them, write to your representatives. Talk to your Pastor’s and church leaders, your prayer groups. Keep praying for those persecuted and those caught in this ethnic and sectarian violence.
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. (Hebrews 13:3)
Report by: VOP Advocates, C.Refsland / L.Kanalos
Article may be reprinted with link to original report and credit to VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED.
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Who do you recommend that I can financially support, that is on the ground, and is doing the most good in one of these places?
Thanks Jeff, here is the address for Samaritans Purse they are doing great work there and the middle east.
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, N.C. 28607
Samaritan’s Purse asks that if you want your donation to go to Syria–be sure to write in the memo line of your check, or attach a brief note stating that your gift is to support Middle East Relief, or state CAR, South Africa or The Sudan. They will make sure your donation goes to the right place. They assured us of this. And God Bless you!
We are talking to other missions, and will update as soon as we get all the information. Thanks again.