Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh is home to the Bhalukhali Rohingya refugee camp, hosting as many as 1 million refugees. Since 2017, as many as 750,000 Rohingya have fled to this camp from the mass killings and persecution of the Myanmar military, who have killed over 10,000 Rohingya in their ruthless attacks. The Rohingya people in this camp have faced one horrible situation after another.
In March of this year, a massive fire swept through this refugee camp, swallowing homes and people in its deadly blaze. In the wake of the fire, 11 people were counted dead, 400 missing, 560 injured, and 45,000 people left without tents or shelter of any kind. Many who tried to flee the flames were prevented by a massive barbed wire fence that encircles the camp, installed to keep the Rohingya’s movements contained. Those who lost their makeshift homes have been living in squalid conditions within the camp ever since.
Now, this same camp has faced another devastating natural disaster. In late July, Bangladesh’s monsoon season overwhelmed Bhalukhali camp with torrential flooding. Some who tried to escape the floods were prevented by the same barbed wire fence and were drowned. Eye witnesses describe seeing shelters submerged and people running from the floods while carrying their children, tears streaming down their faces. Three hundred homes were destroyed by landslides and flash flooding, and thousands more are now displaced and homeless in the camp.
In response, Bangladesh has shifted 18,000 Rohingya refugees to a camp on a silt island — a location known for frequent and deadly cyclones during the monsoon season. Many say the refugees were coerced, but the Bangladeshi government denies these allegations. They plan to move many more refugees to the island after curbing an outbreak of diarrhea that killed four Rohingya and infected 1,500 others.
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- Pray God would minister to these refugees and comfort them in every way imaginable, healing their broken hearts and binding up their wounds.
- Pray for the supernatural joy of Psalm 126:2 over Bhalukhali camp, that their mouths would be filled with laughter and songs of joy because the Lord has done great things for them.