THE DISPLACED ROHINGYA PEOPLE IN BANGLADESH ARE IN DESPERATE NEED.
- Samaritan’s Purse are sending more doctors and nurses to alleviate the stresses already overwhelming our partner, Memorial Christian Hospital.
- We are increasing our medical efforts by expanding to a second, twenty-four bed ward in the hospital to help cope with those requiring lifesaving surgeries.
- Our DC-8 aircraft left North Carolina on Thursday 7th December and will be delivering 20 tons of emergency medical supplies this weekend to meet the rapidly increasing need.
The UN is calling this latest attack by the Burmese military on the Rohingya, genocide and ethnic cleansing. Myanmar, primarily a Buddhist country, has for decades persecuted and attacked the Muslim Rohingya. But the latest attacks which began in August are the worst yet. Dozens of villages have been burned to the ground. Even if these refugees could return, for so many, no homes remain.
Thousands leave each day to Bangladesh – an impoverished and overcrowded country with little ability to help. So far, more than 600,000 refugees have made the arduous journey to escape since late August. They arrive in the crowded, squalid camp along the border tired and often malnourished. Their gruelling trek is fraught with peril, requiring them to walk—even swim—for miles. Scant food supplies only heighten their feeling of desperation. Thousands haven’t survived the terrifying trip, dying along the way. Children are especially vulnerable, with many suffering from severe malnutrition.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that the crisis is spiraling into “a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.”
Our Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is in Cox’s Bazar coordinating with other international aid organisations, local Christian groups and the UNHCR to explore ways we can best assist the people and meet their pressing needs in the Name of Jesus Christ.
To handle a burgeoning number of complex orthopedic surgeries, we will be building a surgical ward at Memorial Christian Hospital a longtime partner hospital. This will essentially double the hospital’s capacity to perform these surgeries.
World Medical Mission has been able to supply nurses and doctors to care for the patients at the 24-bed Rohingya Care Unit. We will be sending more medical professionals for the next several months.
In addition, we will be sending medical equipment and supplies via our DC-8 cargo plane.
“We are very happy for the support of Samaritan’s Purse. The Rohingya people will see the love and compassion of Jesus,” said a local Christian leader in Bangladesh.
Homes were burned, people were brutalized, and those that survived fled with little else but the clothes on their backs…” said DART member David Bock.
“These are very vulnerable people who need our help,” said DART member David Bock. “What they need most is hope.”
Please pray for the Rohingya during this time of crisis and suffering, that they will experience God’s love and His eternal hope found only in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.DOWNLOAD PRAYER RESOURCES