Christians including girl,14, abducted and attacked at refugee camp for Muslim Rohingya in Bangladesh – The Sun

CHRISTIANS were abducted and attacked by an angry mob at a Bangladesh refugee camp predominantly housing Muslim Rohingya.

A pastor, named Taher, and his 14-year-old daughter were among those beaten and taken away by the angry mob on January 27.

The attackers beat up residents, vandalized homes and looted property in the camp in Cox's Bazaar, according to Human Rights Watch.

At least 12 Christian refugees were injured and hospitalised after the attack, while a church and school were also smashed.

Pastor Taher and his daughter were abducted from their shelter the day after the terrible attack.

Concerned wife Roshida told Human Rights Watch that she worries her husband may have been killed.

She said: “No one can give me any clear information, but my relatives told me that my daughter has been forced to convert to Islam and marry.”

According to the Benar News Agency and Radio Free Asia, the attackers may be linked to an ethnic Rohingya armed group the 'Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army' (ARSA).

Victims also say that Bangladeshi authorities denied the attack was specifically aimed at Christians.


Over 700,000 Rohingya people live in the refugee camp after fleeing brutal Burmese state persecution in 2017. Of these, 1,500 are Christian.

Rohingya Muslims are an ethnic group that make up a large minority of the population of Myanmar, also known as Burma.

They have been consistently and systematically persecuted over the years of a military dictatorship in the former British colony from 1962-2015, when democratic activist and longtime political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi became the de facto head of state.

Whole villages have been burned down and families driven from their homes.

Their treatment has been described by the UN as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

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