In January, Open Doors reported that on Monday morning, January 27, a mob of hundreds of people attacked believers and looted their homes. Eighteen homes and a house church building were destroyed. Some believers were so badly beaten they had to be hospitalized.
A local partner of Open Doors shared that the believers, who are now living inside a UN refugee transit camp, are becoming increasingly frustrated and need prayer support.
The 84 believers, from 22 families, are forced to stay in a small enclosure with no privacy.
As the rest of the Rohingya believers see the persecution and the victims’ situation, panic is growing among them. Because they are such a small population among the primarily Muslim Rohingya, Christians are afraid to practice their faith openly.
Who are the Rohingya?
The Rohingya are one of many ethnic minorities from Myanmar, which borders Bangladesh. They are mostly Muslims and have their own language and culture. But while we can’t disclose specific details, our partners tell us that increasing numbers of Rohingya refugees are turning to Jesus.
In August 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled from bordering country Myanmar across Bangladesh’s borders, attempting to escape a military offensive the United Nations later described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
Traumatized, they poured across the border, by sea and by foot.
Rohingyas arriving in Bangladesh said they fled after troops, backed by local Buddhist mobs, responded by burning their villages and attacking and killing civilians.
Today, there are hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. According to UNHCR, Kutupalong is the largest refugee settlement in the world, home to more than 600,000 refugees alone.
*representative photo used for security reasons.