Crowded into camps, refugees are sitting ducks for COVID-19
(RNS) — Refugees and displaced persons live under conditions ideal for the spread of COVID-19.
Peter Singer on why we don’t help the global poor and why we should
(RNS) — ‘To live an ethical life it’s not enough to refrain from lying, stealing or killing,’ says the renowned bioethicist. ‘We have to assist people who lack the necessities they need to survive.’
Without school, a ‘lost generation’ of Rohingya refugee children face uncertain future
(The Conversation) — The boy’s eyes lit up when he talked about his dream of becoming a doctor. Seven-year-old “Mohammad” – not his real name – is a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar. I met him at a learning center at a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, in early July 2019. After sharing his aspirations, […]
Swept up in Muslim genocide crisis, Hindu Rohingyas are stuck in Bangladesh
(RNS) — When the Bangladesh government prepared to return 2,000 Muslim refugees to Myanmar, Hindu Rohingya were hopeful they would be sent back, too. But no one came for them.
Some Rohingya refugees prefer death in Bangladesh over repatriation to Myanmar
COX’S BAZAAR, Bangladesh (RNS) — ‘Once we see that our relatives in Myanmar have gotten full citizenship rights and treated humanely, no one will have to force us to go back,’ explained one refugee.
Suicides follow India’s anti-immigrant drive targeting Muslims
GUWAHATI, India (RNS) — Local media reports have linked at least 16 suicides to a massive government effort in the state of Assam to drive out immigrants who authorities say are in the country illegally, especially Muslims from neighboring Bangladesh.
Rohingya refugees celebrate holiday amid memories of home
KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — The events of the past year have made for a poignant Eid al-Adha.
Pope Francis laments ‘winds of war’ blowing around the world
(AP) — The Christmas message has become an occasion for popes to survey suffering in the world and press for solutions.
Accused NYC attacker followed radical preacher
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Moulana Jasimuddin Rahmani is the currently imprisoned leader of a banned group called Ansarullah Bangla Team, which has been linked to killings and attacks on secular academics and atheist bloggers in Bangladesh.
Pope in Bangladesh, continues diplomatic tightrope walk
DHAKA, Bangladesh (RNS) — Bangladesh is the second and final leg of one of the most politically fraught trips of Francis’ papacy, where his outspoken concern for refugees has been tempered by sensitivities on the ground.
Nearly 3 weeks into Rohingya crisis, refugees still fleeing
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The crisis has drawn global condemnation, with U.N. officials demanding Myanmar halt what they described as a campaign of ethnic cleansing that has driven some 400,000 Rohingya to flee Rakhine state.