Join me today in praying for and informing yourself about the needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am a Catholic who is passionate about international crisis relief. I write Humanitarian Prayers to be an advocate & help people care.
I pray that Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh will be spared from the potential devastation of landslides and the spread of water-borne diseases during the monsoon season which is now beginning.
I pray for conditions at the camps to improve so that there will be adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare, and counseling to support each person. I pray that each of the Rohingya will encounter the peace of Christ in Christian aid workers to bear their burdens.
I pray that Rohingya women who were impregnated by rape at the time of their persecution in Myanmar, who are now close to (or recently past) childbirth, will not seek abortions. I pray also that they will seek medical care when it is time for them to give birth, and not abandon their babies. I pray that they will see that children are a gift from God, even if they come out of violence.
I pray that the needs of the Rohingya refugees will not be forgotten as many months have passed since their initial persecution that caused them to flee Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh.
Notes and Explanations
Rohingya refugees are a Muslim minority from Buddhist-majority Myanmar who have been facing extreme persecution from Myanmar’s military since August 2017. Over 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, mostly in the Fall of 2017. Conditions at their refugee camps are very poor, allowing the spread of infectious disease to a population of people who are largely unvaccinated.
Part of the initial persecution in August and September 2017 included massive amounts of gang rape. Now many of the women are pregnant and close to giving birth. Some women are seeking abortions, and unfortunately some aid organizations, such as MSF/Doctors Without Borders, are providing them.
Nearly nine months after Myanmar’s military was accused of widespread sexual violence in a crackdown against Rohingya…www.irinnews.org
The Rohingya refugee camps were built very quickly to accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees in a period of weeks. Most structures are made of bamboo and the areas have sparse vegetation and a lot of dirt, leaving them very vulnerable to landslides and the spread of water-borne illnesses during Bangladesh’s soon-to-arrive monsoon season. Some refugees are being relocated to safer places.