The current military offensive by Pakistan’s military against Taliban militants in the north of the country has displaced more than 400,000 people and the number continues to rise.
According to the latest government registration figures, 435,429 people, including some 183,000 children, have fled from combat zones in North Waziristan agency since mid-June. The internally displaced seek safety in other parts of their country, where they need help.
For those who are internally displaced, help can seem even more distant. Their own government has few resources to give assistance, and the international world is overwhelmed by huge numbers being displaced in multiple countries now.
Pray for Pakistan, for the government to actively deal with the challenging consequences of its operations; for women and children who suffer in particular ways through displacement; for the church in Pakistan to recognise and respond to the opportunity this difficult time creates.