On 27 January 2020, 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 been 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.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.