Last Thursday, 25th August 2022 marks the fifth anniversary of the military crackdown against Rohingya in Rakhine state. The 2017 military campaign drove almost two-third of Rohingya population into neighbouring Bangladesh, bringing stories of murder, arson, torture, rape, heartache, devastation in a crackdown.
Moreover, roughly 600,000 Rohingya who remain live under Myanmar oppressive rule till today. They face systematic abuses and live without freedom of movement, cut off from access to adequate food, health care, education and livelihoods. On 29 August, the military Council navy captured 65 people, including 6 dead Rohingya, who were found floating in the sea after a shipwreck in Bo Kalay township. It is reported that 3 men and 3 women died due to lack of water and food. 36 men and 29 women were found still alive onboard. These tragic stories can seem unimaginable and difficult to comprehend. How can such evil be in the world?
The Rohingyas long for peace, security and return home. They long to enjoy freedom and rights in their home place.Yet, till today this dream seems still far away.
Today, let us remember the suffering Rohingyas and continue to advocate for them before our just and merciful God in prayers. May He bring about real peace, justice, reconciliation and security to Rohingya.
Pray that the Rohingya may be able to say like Joseph, “ You meant to harm me, but God has used it for good”.