MUMBAI, India – In Bangladesh, the authorities hope World Refugee Day will help bring attention to the hundreds of thousands of people Rohingya have fled to this country from countries neighboring Myanmar.
Last year, the security forces of Myanmar has begun “clearance operations” in the country after the Rohingya militants attacked a police station. Both the UN and the United States have described the military campaign is action “ethnic cleansing”.
Rohingya – a Muslim group minority where a country mostly Buddhist – has faced persecution for decades and has been denied citizenship under the Nationality Act by the military regime of Myanmar adopted in 1982. They were official – and, in the eyes of many experts, easy to be confused, to be considered “intruders Bengalis”.
“There are about 693,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh”, Patrick D’Rozario Cardinal, Archbishop of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, said.
Although only about 350,000 Catholics in Bangladesh – or 0.2% of the population, most of whom are Muslim – Catholic charity Caritas is one of Industry and the leading organization in helping the Rohingya refugees.
“The main concern of the Church of Bangladesh which is the care and attention to the Rohingyas”, Cardinal D’Rozario said.
“According to the government’s list, Caritas is organizing the fourth largest non-government in the field of currency”, Cardinal D’Rozario told Crux.
Cardinal D’Rozario said that 52% of children refugees Rohingya, and women and children accounted for 70%.
“The Church in Bangladesh, there is a program called SFC (Safe Space for Children): ‘No safe time for children’. We have nine safety center, located inside the camp, a refugee “, Cardinal D’Rozario continue.
Cardinal D’Rozario said the service center “together programs.”
“In this safe space, children have fun together, singing together and learn together. We even recruited refugees to care for these children, “Cardinal D’Rozario said, while adding that this center was built by Caritas, but sponsored by the Church Catholic Bangladesh.
Cardinal D’Rozario said during a visit to Rome of Bishops recently Bangladesh, Pope Francis has shared that he had “struck” by the encounter with the Rohingyas in Bangladesh on December 1, 2017, in pastoral visit to the South Asian country on last year.
“The Pope is appreciated because he was close to the people,” said Cardinal D’Rozario. “That made everyone touched by the Holy Father has asked forgiveness from those Rohingyas”.
Caritas and other agencies are now trying to prepare the camp for the upcoming monsoon season.
Most refugee camps are located near the town of Cox’s Bazar, located on the Bay of Bengal, where a tornado-prone.
The agency links to help displaced for those with the highest risk, especially for the elderly and the vulnerable other.
Caritas Bangladesh and Catholic Relief Services – the agency’s overseas the US bishops – has completed a pilot project, with funding from the UN, using terrain data in the air to determine the area of low and slope exposed to floods and landslides.
Community Rohingya in these areas were then provide help to build shelters more secure, the drainage system is reinforced with cement walls and paths arranged with sandbags .
“The neighboring community is demanding the same support, and visitors instantly recognize the difference”, Mazharul Islam, local program director at Cox’s Bazaar of Caritas, said.
“The feeling of pride can be seen clearly, and many community members have started to improve supplements, such as the gardens around the house, where about planting more trees like guava, peppers , tomatoes and eggplant flourishing fruit, “he said Mazharul Islam.
Myanmar and UN agencies have signed an agreement on June 6 promises to establish a “framework of cooperation” to create conditions for the “voluntary repatriation, safe and suitable for human dignity and sustainability “of the Rohingya refugees but did not resolve the refusal of Myanmar citizenship for people from minority groups.