Dear prayer partners,

On Saturday 9 May, Libya’s eastern-based forces of Khalifa Haftar launched another attack on the southern suburbs of the capital, Tripoli, after losing ground around the city. The heavy assault damaged Tripoli’s main airport, setting fuel tanks and several passenger planes ablaze. It also resulted in the deaths of six civilians and the wounding of dozens of others in surrounding residential areas. Libya’s government launched a counterattack on Sunday against a military base used by commander Khalifa Haftar to fire rockets at the capital. In January, World leaders met in Berlin to enforce a ceasefire to end the long-running civil war in Libya. However, two months later, the fighting restarted and intensified as the world’s attention turned to the global fight against the coronavirus.

This on-going conflict – with many external and internal role-players – has left many people internally displaced and in need of assistance. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are an estimated 1.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Libya. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are suffering. They are living in unsafe conditions with little or no access to healthcare, essential medicines, food, safe drinking water, shelter, or education. In addition, many African migrants and asylum seekers from numerous countries have been trapped in Libya while they sought access to Europe.  In Tripoli, the UNHCR is distributing hygiene kits, purification tablets and food parcels that will last one month, to assist refugees and asylum-seekers during the fasting month of Ramadan.

According to the Joshua Project, Libya is home to about 6 million people of whom an estimated 2.2% of are said to be professing Christians – leaving most of the population unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This small body of believers are our brothers and sisters and need the global body to come alongside them in prayer and support during these incredibly challenging times.

Please join us in prayer for Libya.

“The Gospel cannot live, fight, conquer without prayer—prayer unceasing, instant and ardent.” (E. M. Bounds)