Please Pray for Burundi

Paul and Jean Daltry, Christian leaders in Ipswich, ask for your prayers for Burundi. They lived and worked in Rwanda for six years prior to the genocide there and have seen the horrors that can happen to a country when it seems as if God departs. They have visited the region many times since then and are deeply worried by what is developing in Burundi today.

Burundi, a small country in the heart of Africa, the second poorest country in the world with a population of just over 10.5 million people is facing a very dangerous time. In the last civil war in the 1990s 300,000 people died. In the region over the last 21 years between 800,000 and 1 million people died in neighbouring Rwanda and a further 5.4 million in the Congo (formerly Zaire). In Burundi bodies are now being found on the streets of the capital Bujumbura and other areas every day. Political violence is threatening to increase and turn inter-ethnic. Language being used is chillingly similar to the language in Rwanda prior to the 1994 Genocide of the Tutsis. There are already over 300,000 refugees in countries surrounding Burundi, and if the violence doesn’t stop there is the potential to destabilise the region. Please pray for an end to the violence, for peace and reconciliation and a just solution to the internal difficulties.

Rwandan refugee camp
Photo: Rwandan refugee camp post genocide in Tanzania 1996
 

A Prayer for Burundi

For the beautiful but poor country of Burundi, we pray dear Lord.
For the population living in fear and dread, many fleeing the unknown and the uncertain, we ask for peace.
For those sheltering in homes and camps threatened by disease and famine, we pray for safety that they may return home.
For those in the surrounding countries may they remain at peace, broker justice and reconciliation.
Enable an end to violence so that Burundi may become a beacon of hope rather than a place of death.
We ask these things in the name of Him who carried all our human failings on the cross, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen 

Heart 4 Ipswich, 19/11/2015
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