Prayers4Peace: Unprecedented Humanitarian Catastrophe

Unprecedented Humanitarian Catastrophe

By: Omar Shaban, Written October 15th, 2023 in Gaza City; Revised for publication January 8th, 2024.

Today is the 93rd day of the war on Gaza, The Gaza Strip is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe, the likes of which had not been seen since 1967. 25,000 have lost their lives, and this is solely those who arrived at the hospitals. This is what arrived at the hospitals. There are thousands of people who were buried under the rubble and no one could reach them. In addition to more than 60,000 injuries, most of these are in critical situations, which means they will lose their lives due to the no heath treatment as most of the health facilities were destroyed.

The unprecedented destruction of infrastructure has made life a living hell open to everyone, it is the harshest on women, children, and the disabled. There were 8,000 wounded in hospitals within the first week, close to the number of wounded during the 51-day war in 2014. This exceeds the capacity of the most advanced health systems in the world, let alone a fragile health system that has been suffering for years from a shortage of medicines and equipment. Medical teams are no longer able to work. The army orders for 1.1 million residents of the Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes and flee to the southern regions, while at the same time bombing the cars carrying them, contradicting humanity. 

The decision to impose a complete siege on Gaza, cut off electricity, stop fuel, and prevent infant formula and medicines threaten to turn the whole Gaza Strip into a real grave.  It is impossible for two million people to live in less than a third of Gaza’s area. Not allowing humanitarian aid or a humanitarian truce that allows people to catch their breath represents in itself unbearable suffering for the population. Anyone who does not die in the raids will die of hunger and thirst. What is required is a 48-hour humanitarian truce now, before tomorrow, in which people can get their needs. The most important thing is a ceasefire to prevent further loss of life and prevent more suffering of the hell which opened its doors wide in the past 93 days.

I was very lucky enough to exit Gaza in mid-October to Cairo, but I can’t reach my sisters, brothers, or friends due to poor communication and the absence of an internet connection.

Omar Shaban, Palthink for Strategic Studies, Gaza

Pray with us: We at CMEP offer up this prayer for The Death of Someone Killed in The Neighborhood, remembering all who have been killed in Gaza: 

Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us.
Grant us peace.

For the unbearable toil of our sinful world,
We plead for remission.
For the terror of absence from our beloved,
We plead for your comfort.
For the scandalous presence of death in your Creation,
We plead for the resurrection.

Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us.
Grant us peace.1

About the Author: Omar Shaban is the Founder and Director of the Gaza-based PalThink for Strategic Studies an independent think tank with no political affiliation. He is an analyst of the political-economy of the Middle East and is a regular writer and commentator for the Arab and international media. Omar is a founder of Palestinian groups for Amnesty International, the deputy head of the board of Asala, an association promoting microfinance for women, and a member of the Institute of Good Governance.

  1. https://commonprayer.net/occasional-prayers/the-death-of-someone-killed-in-the-neighborhood ↩︎

3 Comments On “Prayers4Peace: Unprecedented Humanitarian Catastrophe”

  1. Yesterday, January 16, 2024, I attended a day of Mennonite Action–publicly protesting
    the war on Gaza in Washington, DC.
    140 Mennonites organized a peaceful protest in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building
    calling for a Ceasefire! All were arrested and booked, but released the same day.

    At the same time, 170 other Mennonites conducted a public service outside on the
    grounds near the Capitol Building–also calling for a Ceasefire!
    Later, we all visited our senators and congresspersons, offering them a petition
    to call for a ceasefire. Ceasefire NOW!

  2. How can we feel at peace when there is so much agony in Gaza. I am praying. I am reminded to act as well.

  3. Thank you, Lareta, for peacefully protesting for a ceasefire for the Palestinian people in Gaza—standing up for their sake. Mennonites, like the Palestinians are beautiful people. My heart wrends for the people there and their loved ones like this author. Many prayers for miracles of peace and hope. I can’t go to DC, but messaged my Congress people

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