Persecuted Rohingya believers attacked
We have an urgent prayer request. Our partners in Bangladesh are asking for prayer following an attack on a group of Rohingya believers from a Muslim background. Eighteen homes and a house church building have been destroyed, and believers have been hospitalized and kidnapped.
The attack happened early on Monday, 27th January. At least six believers were hospitalized following the attack. It is also believed that three Christian men are being held captive. Unconfirmed reports mention that one or more of these men may have been killed for their faith in Jesus.
The attack was carried out by a mob of hundreds of people who looted the Christian houses and attacked believers. The mob was most likely connected to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a Muslim insurgent group that claims to be secular and has not pledged allegiance to any foreign Islamists groups such as Al-Qaeda or Islamic State.
The police have been pressured to investigate and work for the release of the kidnapped Christians. However, the police have not taken any serious action so far, because the believers need to file a case before any action can be initiated. This is difficult as the believers are Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and don’t have citizenship.
Bangladesh is number 38 on the 2020 World Watch List. Christians are a minority in this Muslim majority nation. The Rohingya are an ethnic minority who have fled from Myanmar. Persecuted and forsaken by their own country, the small number of Christians among them are doubly persecuted for their faith.
- • That God will protect the lives of the kidnapped Christians, that He will give them strength to endure and that they will be able to return home soon
- • That their family members will find strength, trust, and courage in the Lord
- • That the police will step in and that justice will prevail
- • For the spiritual and physical recovery of the other victims of the attacks and the entire Christian Rohingya community - they are living in great fear and insecurity.