Friday, 24 October 2008
Prayer for Shibam
Near the beginning of this blog, I reported on my trip to Shibam Hadremowt, the Manhatten of the Desert, with 1,000-year-old skyscrapers made of mud. Sadly, I have just learned that Cyclone TC-03B has substantially decreased in strength after hovering over Suqutra, but has devastated Hadremowt. Shibam is completely surrounded by water, and most of the ancient buildings are in danger of collapse. At least 200 are now dead, farmlands are flooded, and most villages in the giant valley are isolated. Over 700 homes have been destroyed and 22,000 people displaced. Yemen has declared the region a disaster area. The island of Suqutra is also hard hit, with homes and infrastructure destroyed. See silent video of the devastation here.
This is the poorest Arab nation in the world, and most of those living in Hadremowt are living day to day, wondering where the food will come from to feed their family tomorrow, and this on a good day. Disaster like this is excruciating for the poorest of the poor. Please consider if you are called to donate money for relief. Please also be praying for healing for those hurt, for food for the hungry, repair of homes and homes for the homeless, and comfort for the grieving. Please pray that rescue crews will be able to reach those in danger in time, that repairs will happen speedily, and that God will turn this into blessing, with rains reaching a parched Earth.