Vatican City, Feb 3, 2019 / 05:28 am America/Denver (CNA).
During the Angelus Sunday, Pope Francis urged people to think of and pray for the many people in Yemen, especially children, who are starving to death in the war.
Praying a ‘Hail Mary’ for the people of Yemen, the pope urged people Feb. 3 to “pray hard, because there are children who are hungry, who are thirsty, who have no medicine, and are in danger of death,” adding that “we take this thought home with us.”
Francis said he is following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern, noting that the people of the country are exhausted by the three-year conflict and the lack of access to food.
“The cry of these children and their parents rises before God,” he said. “I appeal to the interested parties and to the international community to urgently encourage compliance with the agreements reached, to ensure the distribution of food and to work for the good of the population.”
Yemen, located on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, has been in civil war since 2015. The war has caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with about 22 million of the nearly 29 million people in the country in need of some humanitarian assistance.