UN officials met virtually this week to discuss the Rohingya crisis in Southeast Asia. Bangladesh urged fellow UN members to press Myanmar for a political solution. Turkey and Saudi Arabia praised Bangladesh for hosting the most refugees, pledging political and humanitarian support.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch urged Bangladesh to move Rohingya from a remote island to the main settlement in Cox’s Bazaar, and Amnesty International advocates for refugee input on relocation decisions.
In the past five years, targeted attacks forced nearly a million Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh. More Rohingya headlines here. Bangladesh is already one of the world’s most densely-populated countries, and an onslaught of strangers didn’t make locals happy.
According to Aja, FMI’s National Director in Bangladesh, crowding isn’t the only issue.
“[The] Rohingya people, they have a lot of things they got from the NGOs, but local people [received] nothing. Sometimes our local people [tell the NGOs] they’re targeting [the] wrong people, not Bangladesh peoples,” Aja explains.
“It is [a] very big problem for us in Bangladesh.”
FMI recently held a workshop for partnering church planters and pastors, offering them a different perspective. Many left with a new heart for Rohingya refugees.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray Bangladeshi Gospel workers trying to reach Rohingya for Christ will have creativity and endurance. Pray for many Gospel opportunities.
- Please continue praying for the Rohingya. Ask the Lord to comfort them in their many sufferings.
- Pray Bangladeshi authorities will allow local Christians to build a church for Rohingya refugees.