Christian relief and development organization, World Vision, runs a program called iREAD in Laos. The program, funded by the Japanese government, supports children and teachers to increase literacy and comprehension rates. The program was welcomed during the COVID-19 pandemic when many schools closed, and children’s education suffered. Pray for children to grow in their confidence to read. Pray that good education will open doors for poor families and communities. Praise God that Jesus’ birth brings hope for the future (The Bible, Proverbs 23:18).
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International announced that nineteen Sahrawi activists languish in prison years after Moroccan courts convicted them in unfair proceedings. These nineteen men have now spent twelve years in prison, with years still to serve, after trials that leaned heavily on tainted confessions. The United Nations expert body on torture condemned the violations. Pray for the Sahrawi human rights defenders arrested and detained by Moroccan security forces who were repeatedly beaten and abused. The trials were marred by a heavy reliance on confessions that the defendants repudiated as extracted through torture. Pray for justice to prevail and for the release of the activists. Pray for liberation through the Holy Spirit to be restored for the oppressed (The Bible, Matthew 12:18).