The Cost of War Project can be found at http://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/. I hope readers of my blog will access the information on this website.
The Human Cost of War
Approximately 370,000 people have been killed by direct war violence in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The number of people who have been wounded or have fallen ill as a result of the conflicts is far higher, as is the number of civilians who have died indirectly as a result of the destruction of hospitals and infrastructure and environmental contamination.
Thousands of United States service members have died in combat, as have thousands of civilian contractors. Many have died later on from injuries and illnesses sustained in the war zones. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and contractors have been wounded and are living with disabilities and war-related illnesses. Allied security forces have also suffered significant casualties, as have opposition forces.
However, the vast majority of people killed are Afghan, Pakistani, and Iraqi civilians. At least 200,000 civilians have been killed in the fighting.
Millions of people living in the war zones have also been displaced by war. To date, 10.1 million Afghans, Pakistanis, and Iraqis are living as war refugees in other countries or are displaced from their homes.
John 3:16 is True for All the World
Jesus’ famous words in John 3:16 are as follows: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
The greatest Being to walk our earth – Jesus – characterized God as someone who loves the world so much that he gives his best to it. The Christian faith believes that God has a very personal interest in every human being on the face of the earth. Can you imagine the hurt that our loving God experiences as thousands (possibly millions) of lives are destroyed by war.
Can you take ten minutes of your day to give your energy in prayer on behalf of those who are affected by the horrors of war? God loves and gives. Can we also love and give our prayer energy toward peace.
Prayer for Today
Dear God, please help us to join you in loving and giving to this world.