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Crowded into camps, refugees are sitting ducks for COVID-19

By Thomas Reese — May 5, 2020

(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

By Charles C. Camosy — December 5, 2019

(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

By Rubayat Jesmin — July 25, 2019

(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

By Jennifer Chowdhury — May 8, 2019

(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

By Jennifer Chowdhury — March 12, 2019

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

By Lisa Green — December 18, 2018

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.

India deports Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar

By The Associated Press — October 4, 2018

GAUHATI, India (AP) — They were arrested in 2012 for entering India illegally and have been held in prison since then.

Rohingya refugees celebrate holiday amid memories of home

By Julhas Alam — August 22, 2018

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — The events of the past year have made for a poignant Eid al-Adha.

Pope on 2018: Forget life’s ‘useless baggage’

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — January 1, 2018

(AP) Don’t let freedom be corroded by consumerism and ‘the overpowering waves of empty chatter,’ Pope Francis urged.

Pope Francis laments ‘winds of war’ blowing around the world

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — December 25, 2017

(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

By Jerome Socolovsky — December 13, 2017

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

By Christopher Lamb — November 30, 2017

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.

Pope Francis, diplomatic prophet in Myanmar

By Thomas Reese — November 30, 2017

(RNS) — Pope Francis was faced with a terrible dilemma: Be prophetic and put at risk Christians in Myanmar, or be silent and compromise his moral authority. He chose neither.

Nearly 3 weeks into Rohingya crisis, refugees still fleeing

By Jerome Socolovsky — September 14, 2017

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.

A depressing year of religion news

By Jerome Socolovsky — December 15, 2016

(RNS) Religion gave billions of people meaning in their lives and inspired good deeds this year, but in news coverage it was linked to bloodshed and blamed for fueling bigotry.

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