Iraq has seen very high COVID-19 case numbers and full hospitals, but the church continues to work for restoration in the country.
If anyone thought COVID-19 would disappear after the first few months, those hopes have been dashed. The world now has over 13 million reported cases. While a few countries have successfully contained the virus, it continues to rampage through most of the world, including the Middle East.
In Iraq, things are looking particularly grim – reported COVID-19 cases have spiked 600% through the month of June. Samuel of Redemptive Stories says, “We are seeing thousands of cases every day that are even reported. I was just talking with a partner there who states that in Baghdad in particular, the number of cases continues to skyrocket. The local government has told them, ‘Don’t even come to the hospital, we can’t care for you. All of our ventilators are maxed out and that we don’t have enough capacity to even assist you.’”
Samuel says partners he works with have seen the virus in their own families and churches. The government has tried to slow the spread through a series of lockdowns, but it hasn’t worked.
The government in Iraq has other problems as well. Oil prices have dropped, affecting the income of the country. “Right before COVID-19 Iraq had a total of about six and a half million people that were in desperate need within the country of 40 million people.” Of course, the pandemic has only made that number larger.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that God will continue working in Iraq, and that the church there will grow.
- Ask God to protect his people in Iraq from COVID-19.
- Pray that health and stability will come to Iraq.