Amid huge humanitarian refugee crisis that occurred after over six lakh Rohingyas fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, Pope Francis took a visit in Dhaka today where he led a huge mass of catholic in Bangladesh; and also came face-to-face with the Rohingya refugees. During this visit, the Pope called for immediate decisive measures to end the refugee crisis in Bangladesh.
On Friday, Pope Francis arrived at Dhaka to lead huge mass of catholic believers in Dhaka through an open-air meetup. Apart from that, he came face to face with the Rohingya refugees residing in Bangladesh since August 25th, when the left their homes in Myanmar because of ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine state. 16 refugees – including two children and one woman were chosen from over 6,00,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly Muslims and travelled about 300 miles overnight to reach Dhaka and meet Pope Francis to tell what happened with them and their community.
The Burmese army-led crackdown in the state of Rakhine, which led to desperate humanity poured out on Bangla borders was termed as ‘ethnic cleansing’ by UN and US administrative bodies. Earlier, Pope Francis called Rohingyas as his “brothers and sisters” and on Thursday, Pope called for immediate decisive measures to end the refugee crisis going on in Bangladesh. However, Pope Francis avoided using the term ‘Rohingya’ and rather generalised it with ‘refugees’. In his speech, Francis, who used the term Rohingya twice this year in appeals from the Vatican, praised impoverished Bangladesh’s “spirit of generosity and solidarity” in helping “a massive influx of refugees from Rakhine State”.
This comes after a MoU was signed by Myanmar and Bangladesh which ensured terms for the return of Rohingya refugees to their homes. The humanitarian crisis which is described with haunting stories of mass torture, rape and killings have prompted world leaders to appeal the Myanmar government to end these military ops. As an imperative head of the largest religion in the whole world, Pope Francis strongly urged to end this grave crisis immediately.