Update from December 21, 2023

Will you pray with us for the people of Conakry?

Early Monday morning, the main oil terminal in Conakry—which supplies fuel to the entirety of Guinea—exploded. As of today, reports indicate that 18 people have died and over 200 have been injured. Local hospitals have been flooded with those suffering from injuries caused by the blast. Destroyed homes, the fear of additional explosions, and the risk of remaining in damaged buildings has led thousands of households to become displaced.

According to CAMA staff members on the ground, almost all the country’s fuel was destroyed, and gas stations across the country have been shut down indefinitely. This is expected to have a harsh cascade effect on daily life in Guinea. Schools have been closed, and all workers—except for medical and security personnel—have been encouraged to stay home. Alerts have also been sent out about upcoming electrical shortages.

CAMA staff members Timothy and Jessica Chapman said, “While we were able to get to the nearest market town this morning to stock up on supplies before prices began to skyrocket, most of our friends and neighbors live day-to-day for their food needs and have no backup stores or resources.”

Longtime CAMA staff members Stephen and Lori Albright said, “Often in situations like this, unrest breaks out. Please pray for Guinea. Pray for wisdom as to how CAMA might be able to help.”

CAMA has already committed to work alongside the local church to provide food, clothing, blankets, and counseling to those who are in need. Will you join us in praying for those who have lost both loved ones and homes, and who now must face the harsh reality of having limited access to necessities in the days ahead? Pray against hunger and against homelessness. Pray that the Lord would bring healing to those suffering from physical injuries, trauma, and shock. Most of all, please pray that the Lord would empower His people to love well in the days to come as they extend His compassion to the hopeless, suffering, and broken.