According to the UN, there is substantial evidence that since the military take over at the start of 2021, “crimes have been committed in Myanmar on a scale and in a manner that constitutes a widespread and systematic attack against a civilian population”. This includes sexual and gender-based crimes, and crimes against children that include torture, forced conscription and detention as proxies for parents. Cry out for mercy on behalf of the people of Myanmar. Pray for the violence to stop and for authorities to be held accountable. Pray for the spirit of war and violence, power, and control, to be broken. Pray that the gentle, healing presence of God will herald a new beginning in the lives of many broken and struggling people (The Bible, Matthew 11:29).
Ethiopia is one of the world’s most-censored countries. The conflict between the federal government and the rebel forces led by the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front has prompted a media crackdown. A 21-month-old civil war in the country is accelerating the deterioration of press freedom. Ethiopia now ranks with Eritrea as sub-Saharan Africa’s worst jailer of journalists. The fight to control the narrative of the war is one of the major reasons for the increasing hostility against the press. The crackdown on the press is also happening within the context of human rights violations from all sides of this war. Pray that deteriorating conditions for Ethiopia’s journalists, that the crackdown will change and, the climate for press freedom to improve. Pray for the leaders and people to find freedom in Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit (The Bible, John 8:36).