Thousands of Rohingya Refugees Displaced After Camp in Bangladesh Burns Down; World Mission Providing Food, Shelter

Photo courtesy of World Mission.

Last week, a large Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh caught fire and burned to the ground. Though no one was hurt, thousands of refugees lost their homes and all their belongings.

The Rohingya have already been driven from their homeland in Myanmar, where they have been the target of genocide since 2016. Greg Kelley of World Mission says, “They’re living in areas that were never intended to be inhabited in the first place. We’re talking about hills that are very susceptible to flooding. What happened was a fire broke out. People are given these little tanks of fuel, and one of them caught on fire. The wind just swept through this camp. Hundreds of homes, tents, made out of bamboo sticks, were totally destroyed.”

Christians among the Rohingya

But within an oppressed community, the Christian population suffers even more oppression. Most Rohingya identify as Muslim. Christians often are the last in line to receive food, shelter, and other aid. Kelley says, “But there’s also a great opportunity for those who are Muslim, that the body of Christ can meet them in this very incredible time of need. As we show the love of the Gospel and care for their physical needs, we are seeing Rohingya Muslims come to Christ.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray the vulnerable Rohingya population will get the aid they need after loosing shelter and possessions.
  • Ask God to give the oppressed Rohingya people hope in a hopeless time.