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Barnabas Update – October 3rd 2019

Persecuted turns persecutor in Bangladesh

Barnabas Fund, 24 September 2019

A tiny group of Christians amongst the 750,000 mainly-Muslim Rohingya people, who fled genocide at the hands of the Myanmar Army as refugees, are now doubly persecuted from Muslims within refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Already belonging to what some have called the “most persecuted people on earth”, the small community of Rohingya believers are now subjected to anti-Christian violence from extremist Muslim Rohingya in the camps in Cox’s Bazaar district.

In May 2019, a group of 17 families living in simple shacks were violently attacked on at least three consecutive nights by a Muslim mob of several hundred men armed with knives, swords, iron rods, stones and catapults.

No security personnel attempted to protect the Christians and there has been no investigation into the attacks.

The rise in persecution against Rohingya Christians follows on from calls by Rohingya Muslims for the Bangladeshi government to expel Christians from the camps.