Bangladeshi bishops visit Rohingya camps, promise aid

(UCAN) Senior church officials have called for greater “humanity and solidarity” with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and pressed for a “lasting solution” to the crisis.

Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka and Archbishop Moses M. Costa of Chittagong, visited refugee camps in southeastern Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban this week.

Over 430,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh following a deadly military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in response to Rohingya militant attacks on security check posts Aug. 25.

The refugees are now sheltering in 14 camps in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban, just across from Rakhine state in Myanmar.

Cardinal D’Rozario visited the refugee camps in Bandarban on Sept. 24. He met with refugees, listened to their tales of violence in Rakhine, their pressing needs and assured them of the local church’s support. [More]