The government of Bangladesh is pushing forward with a plan to move hundreds of Rohingya refugees to a small island in the Bay of Bengal. The island of 15 sq. miles, Bhasan Char, has only existed since 2006 and formed from Himalayan silt. The UN has not declared the island safe for human habitation.
Rohingya people living in Cox’s Bazar (the largest refugee camp in the world) showed strong resistance to the idea; many claim they were coerced to participate in the project. Hundreds already live on the island.
The sufferings of the Rohingya people
Rohingyan people have endured many injustices in recent years. Greg Kelly of World Mission says they suffered horrible genocide as they fled from Myanmar, driven out by a largely Buddhist government.
Today, many Rohingya eke out a living in Bangladesh. But Kelley says, “They’re living in areas that were never intended to be populated by human beings. We’re talking about hills that when it rains, there are mudslides. Even their tents get washed away.”
Meanwhile, Myanmar continues to persecute the Rohingya, and more keep fleeing into Bangladesh.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray the Rohingya currently living on this island would be safe.
- Ask God to comfort and strengthen Christians among the Rohingya as they face persecution.