Rohingyas in Myanmar Flee Amid New Violence
Rohingya Muslims and Muslim Background Believers are in great distress in Myanmar. The UNCHR has withdrawn their protection for the refugees, who are recently bearing the brunt of attacks by the government and Buddhist fundamentalists who do not welcome them.
Many have watched the Channel 4 News video showing the Rohingya fleeing as bombs fell on their homes and fields. It is, the report says, “apartheid in all but name,” and people are on the run, “stateless, friendless, and scared.”
Despite the high hopes of many with her rise to power, the government of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi remains adamant in not recognizing the Rohingya as citizens. Now the Rohingya people are being hunted down as “Muslim extremists.”
We bring before Your throne of grace today the Rohingya people of Myanmar, homeless and unwelcome wherever they flee, the undesirables. We pray for the government of Myanmar, that it will show compassion toward these people and find a place for them in their homeland. We pray Your protection over them as they flee in dangerous circumstances, with bombs falling all around them. We pray for the Muslim background believers among them, ostracized not only by their country but also by their own people, that You will give them opportunity to reach out with the gospel of Christ to the majority Muslims among them. May the light of Christ shine through them, may many turn to You in faith, and may they understand their worth in Your eyes as they abide in Christ. In the name of Jesus who is gathering His church from all nations and peoples of the earth, Amen.