The government of Bangladesh has begun re-settling Rohingya refugees on a small island in the Bay of Bengal. The island, Bhasan Char, only formed in 2006, and many people worry it could easily flood. For satellite images and graphics of the island and the growing settlement there, click here.
Many Rohingya currently live in the world’s largest refugee settlement near the town of Cox’s Bazar. They were forced to leave their homeland in Myanmar after suffering severe ethnic violence in 2017. The Rohingya remain among the poorest and most neglected people in the world.
Vincent Michael of FMI explains the motivation to move the Rohingya. “The locals in the area don’t particularly like being flooded with all of the refugees. There’s been tension between the refugees and the locals, and there’s also been a lot of crime in the camps. At least that has been reported. The living conditions in these camps are congested and not very enviable.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask God to protect the Rohingya living on Bhasan Char from flooding.
- Pray the government of Bangladesh will allow more transparency in this situation.
- Pray many Rohingya would find hope in Jesus, the Savior who was a refugee.