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As we start a New Year, we might take a moment to remember the many people around the world who are standing up for freedom and human rights. In places such as Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar, among others, the threats and reality of political and religious persecution and insecurity are coupled with an increasingly dire humanitarian situation. In the face of such adversity, incredibly brave individuals, local communities and international organizations are responding to great needs by providing vital assistance.

I pray for peaceful resolutions to these conflicts and that we might all be blessed with the courage to support those in need, wherever they may be.