Several weeks ago, violence erupted in the Central African Republic’s capital city of Bangui. It’s estimated that nearly 50 people were killed, hundreds more were injured, and thousands fled their homes to seek shelter in refuge sites around the city. This latest violence brings the number of people displaced in the C.A.R. to almost half a million.
The unrest has caused widespread panic and a lack of law and order in the country. Home break-ins and robberies have become common in neighborhoods around Bangui, with many organizations becoming targets as well. Two drivers delivering goods were recently stopped and killed by bandits, so now other truck drivers are refusing to travel the dangerous roads into the C.A.R., causing supplies to become scarce and food prices to skyrocket.
We praise God that the VisionTrust office and the 493 children we serve in Bangui are safe. However, 51 of these kids are part of two programs located where the unrest has been particularly severe, forcing them to seek shelter in refuge sites nearby. The stress of the situation has people on edge and makes carrying out normal activities—even providing aid—a challenge.
Josué, VisionTrust’s C.A.R. Director, asks special prayer for the continued safety and security of all the children, staff, and teachers in our nine Bangui programs. Please pray for God’s grace to be evident to all those affected by this terrible situation, and that they would be assured of God’s presence among them.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1