The Rohingya are a stateless people described by the UN as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. They have been persecuted and discriminated against for decades but few can even pronounce their name let alone know of their plight.
Buddhist attacks on the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have picked up over the last few weeks following the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman in May. Human rights groups say that security forces are also involved in the targeted attacks, which started last June.
Thousands of Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh – but thousands more have been refused entry. There are an estimated 800,000 Rohingya live in Myanmar, with another 200,000 in Bangladesh, but they are not recognised by either country.
Myanmar has faced tensions with its ethnic minorities for many years, but the current government has agreed to a ceasefire with many of the groups. However, Thein Sein, the president of Myanmar, has recently told the UN that the solution to the problem with the Rohingya was either to send millions of them to another country, or to have the UN look after them.
“We will take responsibility for ethnic nationalities but it is not at all possible to recognise the illegal border-crossing Rohingya who are not of our ethnicity,” he said.
- Pray for the Rohingya Muslims, that they will come to know the security, love and acceptance of our God, who created them and longs for them to know Him.
- Pray for the many homeless families, to find a place to call home where they can live in freedom and hope for their future.
- Pray for the Burmese Government, to soften their hearts and recognise the Rohingya as an important cultural part of Myanmar.
- Pray for peace and reconciliation between all factions.
Isaiah 58 6 – 7 “Is not this the fast that I choose: … Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house;“