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[Today’s Prayer] Young people suffering from the trauma of ‘20 years of the war in Iraq’…

“The war robbed us of our childhood.”

Nur Nabih, a 26-year-old woman whose mother was injured during an engagement with a US convoy during the Iraq War, said: His mother was later seriously injured in a car bomb explosion.

“I still have fear in me. I would like to leave this country if I could,” he said.

Twenty years have passed since the outbreak of the war, but the New York Times (NYT) reported on the 20th (local time) that Iraqi youth are still suffering from the scars and trauma of the war.

According to reports, there are about 23 million people under the age of 26 years old in Iraq, about half of the population. Trauma is daily life for them, and most families have the pain of losing relatives.

Even if a person survives a war unscathed, scars remain. The hum of helicopter wings, the flash of flashing flares, the smell of burning after a bomb explodes, the fear, the pain of loss - all linger long after the battle has stopped.

Mohammed, 25, was five years old at the time of the US invasion. Shocked by all the explosions, he remembers the vibrations that shook his body when an American military vehicle exploded after being hit by a roadside bomb.

In the midst of the bullets pouring in afterward, he said, "I was so scared, I was lying with my face buried in the road."

Dreaming of becoming a civil servant, he lost his eyesight when a tear gas grenade exploded in front of his eyes when he participated in an anti-government protest by young people in 2019 protesting against public welfare and corruption in the government. His wish is to see the face of his one-year-old son, Adam, who was born after his blindness.

Fadi, 26, and his sister, Fahdia, 24, attended the Baghdad School of Music and Ballet even in the throes of war. As a rare Christian in Iraq's predominantly Muslim population, they found solace in music schools when other Christians left the country.

"When I'm playing, I forget where I am," says Fadi, now a flutist with the Iraqi National Orchestra and a computer audit technician for the Central Bank of Iraq.

Source: Yonhap News

"And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy."(Exodus 33:19).

Lord, 20 years after the outbreak of war in Iraq, we hear that Iraqi youth are still suffering from the trauma and memories of the war.

We see young people in Iraq who have lost their families and dreams and are living hopeless life because their childhood was taken away by war.

Lord, You love Iraqi youth, would you heal the pain and wounds of this generation and give them grace and compassion. Let the Iraqi youth see the your work of giving grace and mercy, and let the darkness and pain in their hearts go away.

Please touch the hearts of those who are still living in the pain of war, which cannot be resolved even if they follow Islam, and open the eyes of their hearts so that they can see Jesus Christ, who is the truth of life.

Also, at this time Ramadan has begun, please let it be a time to throw away false beliefs and lies that have not been resolved and could not save them, instead meet God who gives true life.

Let the young people remaining on this land rise up as disciples of the Lord and heal the pain of all nations and see a new day when they move forward according to grace. Amen!


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