Picture this: there’s a really deep river, then on the bank, there’s a tree. There’s a poisonous snake in the tree. Just on the other side of the tree is a lion. You are in the tree. If you stay there, the snake will bite… and you’ll die. If you jump on the land, the lion will pounce… and you’ll die. If you jump in the water, you’ll drown. What do you do?
Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke. This is the way one man expressed his situation at the refugee camp. (And I’m pretty sure this is how most people feel.) They are sitting in the tree. They are unable to go back because the lion will eat them. If they try to go home, they’ll drown, and if they stay where they are, they will just get poisoned and die. Hopeless!
The situation in the camp has changed over the last few months. It has become more of a village where most of the residents have been there for one or two months. But in the last few weeks there have been some dramatic problems, resulting in over two-thirds of the tents being burned down. With so much inter-racial fighting, tensions can be quite high. The three main communities are Eritreans, Darfurians and Somalians. The authorities are working hard to organize the camp and to improve the situation, however it’s difficult to see how hope can be found from any human source.
Please pray for peace and patience for those who remain stranded at the refugee camp in Tunisia. It seems such an impossible, hopeless situation where short-term solutions only go so far. Pray for all those who are trying to make a difference in the lives of the men, women and children living there. Several international and national aid agencies have been working to provide food, shelter, health and social care to the thousands who have passed through over the last few months. May all those stuck in this awful situation receive the care they need at this time of upheaval. And while the camp remains inhabited, may it become a community unified through its difficulties rather than divided by its differences.

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