Yemeni authorities declared a state of emergency in the Yemeni capital Sana’a last week as the city faces a deadly outbreak of cholera. Cholera causes acute diarrhea and can be fatal within hours if left untreated. Hospitals are being stretched beyond capacity as they attempt to care for the influx of cholera patients. “Patients are sleeping on the hospital floors; beds are full,” reported a Christian in Yemen.
According to the UN Health Cluster, there were 124 Cholera-related deaths from April 27th to May 14th and a total of 11,046 suspected cholera/acute watery diarrhea (AWD) cases were reported from 18 governorates.
“We are planning a Cholera awareness campaign in the coming week. We urgently need our brothers and sisters to pray for our protection and that the spread of Cholera will stop.” The cholera outbreak is the newest chapter in an ongoing crisis that began when a civil war erupted in Yemen in March of 2015.
More than 10,000 people have already been killed and millions more remain displaced due to the conflict. Yemen is one of the world’s strictest Muslim countries, and Yemenis Christians, who practice their faith in Christ together, are among the country’s most vulnerable groups.
Father of Mercy, we lift before Your eyes of compassion the people of Yemen who are in the midst of this outbreak of cholera that has already claimed many lives. Place Your healing hand upon them. We pray for peace to come to the people of this nation who are in war against each other, but also in rebellion toward You. Thank You for the many Christians there who have turned to You in faith and repentance, who know the peace of union with Christ. Protect them, Father, and let the presence of Christ in them shine through to their Muslim neighbors. May Your Holy Spirit breathe life into hearts that are hardened. In the name of Jesus, who has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, who was crushed for our iniquities and with whose wounds we are healed (Psalm 53). Amen.