“Rohinya Men” 2012 by Hmuu Zaw *
Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar
The homeland of the Rohingya is Rohang,
in the Northern Rakhine State of Western Burma, bordering
Bangladesh. It is
cut off from the rest of Burma by a range of mountains called
Arakan Yoma. The Rohingya first settled probably in the 7th
century. The Rohingyas trace their origin to Arabs, Moors,
Turks, Persians, Moghuls, Pattans and Bangalees. Many migrated
to Arakan during the time of the Mughal Empire and a large
number came to Arakan later, during the British rule of Burma,
from Bengal. The
Rohingya has been in conflict with the Buddhist Rakhine for some
time. In 1982, the
Burmese government stripped the Rohingya of their citizenship,
formally codifying an ongoing campaign to encourage them to
leave the country. Many fled to neighboring Bangladesh.
The Rohingya are not wanted in Thailand and they have no
status in Malaysia.
There is an estimate that some 28,000 Burmese ethnic Rohingya
boat people are currently seeking political asylum status in
Malaysia. Approximately, 13,500 Rohingyas have been registered
with United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and
14,500 have yet to be registered with UNHCR or with relevant
The Rohingya have opposition in Myanmar
to practice their Muslim way of life.
They are pressured to only practice the ways of the
race and culture and Buddhism.
In Malaysia 99% of the Rohingya are men.
In Thailand they have to live in refugee camps along the
Thai border. In
Bangladesh they live in refugee camps. The Rohingya are not only victims of
lifelong statelessness, oppression and massacre, but are also
victims of lifelong family dislocation and isolation.
They are a people in desperate
need of prayer.
Malaysia – 10,000 (28,000
boat people currently seeking political asylum
Myanmar – 879,000
Thailand – 77,000
In Myanmar in Rakhine State.
In Thailand in camps along
the Thai-Myanmar border.
In Malaysia along the
Thai-Malaysia border and further into the country when possible.
% adherent and 0.0 % evangelical
Pray that these people will cry out to
God and God will answer them.
Pray that God will reveal himself to
Pray that Christian workers will take
the Good News to them and they will gladly receive it.
Pray for the works of the enemy to be
torn down in their lives and that God’s blessings will pour
Pray that they will find a place where
they are welcome here on earth as well as a home in heaven.
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