Democratic Republic of Congo
Thousands of people have been killed, and more than a million have been displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo, raising fears that Congo may slide further into anarchy, leading to a repeat of the war that killed 5 million people between 1996 and 2003. Last summer, a regional leader who was opposed to the government was killed by police. Local communities then formed a militia, and the authorities have been battling insurgents ever since. There have been reports of dozens of massacres, ambushes, and attacks on villagers, as well as the discovery of 10 mass graves last week.
God, we pray fervently for all who are displaced, traumatized, injured, or in grief over tremendous loss because of renewed violence in Congo. We pray for Congo’s leaders, especially the president, to act with prudence and wisdom, that they might lead in ways that promote peace and justice. We pray also that global forces may know how to intervene to prevent impending war.