Iraq conflict causes ‘double crisis’ for refugees

MOSUL, Iraq (TAB, BP) — Fighting outbreaks across Iraq serve as timely reminders for the need for prayer for refugees as World Refugee Day is June 20. The intense and sudden fighting has caused at least half a million Iraqis to flee Mosul after the city fell under attack by extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Iraqi refugees are not alone, however. They join 6.5 million Syrian refugees displaced within Syria and 3 million Syrian refugees who have fled to nearby countries in the four years since the Syrian crisis began. Don Alan, a Christian leader in the region, said, “This creates a double crisis at a time when we can barely handle Syria. … The need for simple things like water, food and tents is what is pushing people right now. We have released some initial support and hopefully can mobilize some more.”

Pray for:
– Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq, that they will have peace in the midst of the looming storm.
– the Father’s mercy to meet the needs of those who are suffering from the Iraqi conflict and the Syrian crisis.
– world leaders as they make decisions on how to respond to the crisis.
– the Gospel to spread and bring real hope to those who are hopeless.

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