The following passages in the Bible were referenced in some way in the prayer for this topic.
“UNICEF estimates that 300,000 children younger than 18 are currently trafficked to serve in armed conflicts worldwide.”
— “55 Little Known Facts About Human Trafficking.” facts.randomhistory.com. 02 Jan. 2011. Web. 29 Nov. 2011.
One in four men in South Africa admit to have performed a sexual assault.
— Rebombo, Dumisani. “South African rapist: ‘Forgive me’.” news.bbc.co.uk. 25 Jun. 2009. Web. 11 Nov. 2011.
“Women in eastern DRC remain one of the most vulnerable population groups in the world.”
“Rape is used as a means of psychological warfare to terrorize the population, make people submissive.”
— Palitza, Kristin. “DR Congo: No End to Mass Rapes: ‘It’s a Miserable Life’.” ipsnews.net. 17 Oct. 2011. Web. 25 Nov. 2011.
Between 1/5 to 1/7 women worldwide will be raped sometime in their life.
— “Rape and Sexual Assault”. whitehouse.gov. Jan. 2014. Web. 05 Mar. 2014.
Girls under 18 are increasingly present in the armed forces (Loc 31-2).
Child soldiers have been found in 47 countries (Loc 15-26).
Children as young as five to seven have been found armed for combat (Loc 6, 15, 19, 20).
From 1995 to 2005 over 2 million children were killed as a tactic of war. “Six million more children have been disabled or seriously injured in wars over the last decade, and one million have been orphaned” (Loc 5).
— Singer, P.W. Children at War. New York: Pantheon Books. 2005.
The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have enslaved as many as forty thousand children, which is up to 80% of their ranks (Loc 111-2).
A commander can have four to five sex slaves at his disposal in the LRA (Loc 130).
About 30 thousand children walk each night to a safe shelter near a national army garrison (Loc 121).
The LRA usually enters rural villages at night to abduct children (Loc 121).
— Batstone, David. Not for Sale. HarperCollins. 2008. Kindle edition. Model D00901.
Honor killing occurs for about 5,000 women/girls every year (30).
Forced sterilization occurs in many poverty-stricken countries (26).
— Miller, Darrow L. with Stan Guthrie. Nurturing the Nations. Colorado Springs: Paternoster. 2007.
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