December 2, 2017
AT Online Report
A team of Rohingya refugee representatives from Kutupalong and Balukhali makeshift camps of Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar met with the Catholic leader, Pope Francis in Dhaka on December 2, 2017.
An International religious gathering was held at Arsbishop house in Dhaka on the occasion of Pope Fraccis’s visit in Bangladesh.
Pope Francis joined the international religious gathering at the premises of Arsbishop where he met with the people of every religion and community of Bangladesh and offered Munajad together.
The Rohingya representative team included all sorts people including women and bullet injured children whose entire family members were killed by Myanmar brutal forces during crackdown.
On the 2nd day of his visit in Bangladesh, he met with the Rohingya refugee delegates where he embraced with a refugee delegate.
The refugee representatives said to Pope, “We have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence of Myanmar armed forces where they conducted arson attack, mass killings, arbitrary arrest and torture on Rohingyas in northern Rakhine (Arakan) state after 25 August.
However, we want to return to our beloved motherland from Bangladesh if Myanmar government ensures our citizenship rights so that we can live in coexistence with other ethnic groups forever enjoying our human rights like other ethnic minorities.
We are one of the ethnic minority groups in Rakhine State of Myanmar whose existence is for centuries according to genuine history although the Myanmar government has been repeatedly and intentionally denying us”.
Later, the Rohingya refugee representatives and Pope along with others offered Munajad for the peace of Rohingya community and all other communities in the world.
Pope Francis used the term “Rohingya” though he did not utter it in Myanmar during his visit.
A Rohingya activist said, “We the Rohingyas are grateful to Pope for his sincerity and neutrality as a real religious leader”.