Persecuted Rohingya Muslims Attack Minority Christians Within Refugee Camps in Bangladesh

Rohingya Christians being stoned by Rohingya Muslims, this time in daylight. Christians kept responding with the word “Sukuriya” meaning “Thank you.”

Nearly three-quarters of a million Rohingya people from Myanmar (Burma) have already spent two miserable years in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.

Barnabas Aid reports the Rohingya have endured that murder, arson, rape and arbitrary arrest at the hands of the Myanmar military, driving more than half the community in Myanmar to flee. This Muslim people group are rightly recognized as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

The ministry says there is a minority within the minority, who are persecuted still more – the Christian Rohingyas.

Despised and rejected

Estimated at just a few hundred in the camp – possibly up to 2,000 – Rohingya Christians are mainly converts from Islam. They are isolated from other Christians in Bangladesh. Their existence is unrecognized by other Rohingyas, except as a group to be despised and rejected.

This year has seen a spate of anti-Christian violence in the camps.

Barnabas Aid says the worst incident was in May, when a group of 17 Christian families (69 people) came under sustained and systematic violent attack. The families lived close to each other in one of the camps at Cox’s Bazaar. Their homes were frail and simple shacks, with walls of mud or bamboo, roofed with corrugated metal or tarpaulin.

For at least three consecutive nights, they were attacked by a Muslim mob of up to several hundred men, armed with knives, swords, iron rods, stones and catapults. Several homes were destroyed, possessions were stolen, including the equipment of a Christian barber, and a boy was stabbed in the back and had to be treated in hospital. Meanwhile the barber was forced to go to the mosque to be re-converted to Islam.

None of the camp security personnel came to the aid of the Christians, when they phoned for help during the attacks.

On the last night, the Christians were told they would be killed unless they left the camp. They next day all set off but were soon driven back to the camp by police and security guards, who promised them security. But this month, September, the attacks have started again.

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SOURCE: Assist News