Join me today in praying for the one million 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 encourage people to pray for those suffering most in our world.
I pray that the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh will be spared from potentially devastating flooding and disease outbreaks during the current monsoon season.
I pray that their camps will have adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare, and counseling to support the needs of each person.
I pray especially for good care for pregnant women, new mothers, and young children. I pray that women who have had babies borne out of rape will not be stigmatized or outcasted.
I pray that Rohingya refugees who are traumatized by what they saw and what was done to them at the time of their persecution in Myanmar will encounter the peace of Christ in Christian aid workers. I pray that Myanmar’s military will be held accountable for what they did to the Rohingya.
Notes and Explanations
The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group from Myanmar who were forced to flee Bangladesh in mass a little over one year ago. Starting in late August 2017, a large-scale attack was lead against Rohingya villages, causing seven-hundred-thousand people to flee as refugees to neighboring Bangladesh.
They joined approximately 300,000 refugees who have fled in past years and decades to form the world’s largest refugee camps, the Kutupalong camp, home to about one million people.
The monsoon season lasts from June to October in Bangladesh, causing torrential rain and flooding. The rain not only causes the threat of landslides but also disease outbreaks because of large amounts of stagnant water and the potential flooding of latrines and contamination of water sources.
Rape was one of the weapons used against Rohingya women, leading to large amounts of women becoming pregnant. Many of those women chose to get an abortion, but one year later, many now have young children in the camps.
The attacks, which included mass murder, torture, and gang rape, were perpetrated by Myanmar’s military, and a lengthy United Nations investigation has found the military’s leaders to be guilty of genocide, crimes against, humanity, and war crimes.