At least six Rohingya Christians have been hospitalised and three kidnapped following the attack which is believed to be connected to Muslim insurgent group ARSA.
29 January 2020
Early on 27 January, a mob attacked a group a Rohingya Christians from a Muslim background in Bangladesh. Eighteen homes and a house church have been destroyed, and at least six believers have been hospitalised. A further three Christians are believed to have been kidnapped.
The attackers are believed to be 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.
At the moment, the police have veen pressured to investigate and secure the release of the kidnapped Christians, but they have refused to take serious action without a case being filed by the Rohingya. This is difficult, as the Rohingyas are refugees in Bangladesh and don’t have citizenship.
An increase in violence against Rohingya Christians is one of the reasons the Bangaldesh rose 10 places on the 2020 World Watch List, where it is now at number 38.
• That God will protect the lives of the missing Christians and 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 investigate properly 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.
Lord, please protect our Nigerian brothers and sisters as they face extreme persecution. Grant dignity and peace to Christian women who have been mistreated, that they will be seen, valued and empowered to reach their God-given potential. Please convict Islamic extremists of their sin and turn them to You.
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