Join me today in praying for the needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am passionate about international crisis relief. I write Humanitarian Prayers to encourage people to pray for those suffering most in our world.
I pray that Rohingya refugee camps and their almost 1 million residents will be spared from the potential disasters of landslides and disease outbreaks during monsoon season. I pray that sanitation systems will not be compromised as a result of flooding and the saturated ground.
I pray that their camps will have adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare, and counseling to support each person. I pray especially for good care for pregnant women, new mothers, and young children.
I pray that Rohingya women who were raped at their time of their persecution in Myanmar will encounter the healing power of Christ. I pray that the Rohingya’s negative stigma towards rape victims will be countered with compassion and kindness.
I pray that each of the Rohingya will encounter the peace of Christ in Christian aid workers.
Notes and Explanations
The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group from Myanmar that have fled to Bangladesh. Before Fall 2017, there were over 300,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh from previous years and decades, but after a period of intense persecution the UN described as ethnic cleansing, they were joined by approximately 650,000 more refugees in a few months.
Read about how child-friendly spaces are helping Rohingya children to cope with trauma here.
Currently Rohingya refugees are facing the risks of the monsoon season in Bangladesh, with often and heavy rains deteriorating conditions in the camps whose structures are mostly made of bamboo on top of dirt flooring. Thousands of acres were deforested to make room for the Rohingya, causing there to be very little vegetation which leads to a greater risk of landslides. The Kutapalong refugee camps is home to over 600,000 people and is severely overcrowded.
Monsoon rains have also affected sanitation systems as latrines filled with sewage have overflowed from being inundated with water. This common occurrence contaminates everything the mixture comes in touch with, including drinking water, leading to the spread of water-borne diseases and other illnesses.
At the time of their persecution when the Rohingya were forced to flee Bangladesh, thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of women, were raped. There is a harsh stigma among the Rohingya people against rape victims as well as unmarried pregnant women and mothers. Learn more here.
Find a brief-but-detailed explanation of the Rohingya refugee crisis and the threats they face from Human Rights Watch.