After clashes with the Syrian Army and intense fighting near the Lebanese border, the Lebanese army has decided to clear all refugee camps from the area along the Syrian-Lebanese border. The decision, made last week, is said to affect about 32 informal settlements, housing around 7,000 Syrian refugees and labourers, including Syrian refugee, Abu Ahmad.
Abu Ahmad told Al Jazeera: “We have nowhere to go any more; we have no idea where we’ll be sleeping tonight. What are we supposed to do? The Lebanese army came in last night and broke everything; our water tanks, our shelters. Where are we supposed to let our children sleep? Shelter is the most important thing. We slept out here last night, we slept outside with our children. Tonight we don’t know where we’re going to be sleeping. If we go to Syria we’ll get killed, and if we stay here we will die. Who is trying to help us? Absolutely no one.”
Lebanon is currently hosting more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees, plus hundreds of thousands of Syrian labourers who have been working in the country for years. The influx of refugees has crippled the country’s infrastructure, and tensions have been steadily rising between local communities and the refugees.
- Pray for an easing of tensions between Syria and Lebanon and between the local Lebanese communities and the refugees.
- Pray for the refugees who have had to leave their camps. Pray for acceptance for them in other communities and for a resolution to the problems of housing so many refugees.
- Pray for peace in Syria, and for refugees to be able to return to their homes.
- Pray for Christians working amongst the refugees, for compassion, hope, love and joy to flow from their hearts to these needy people, and for many refugees to come to know and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 58 vs 6 and 7: “Is not this the fast that I choose: … Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house;”