Who are the Rohingya?

Our Sunday School teacher told us this morning about a group of people who live in Bangladesh.  They are called the Rohingya.  The Rohingya are a group of people who live between two countries.  The Buddhist government of Myanmar doesn’t want the Rohingya people, most of whom are Muslims, to live with them.  Many of the people of Bangladesh are poor.  They cannot afford to feed their families and do not have food to share with the Rohingya.  So, the people of Bangladesh don’t want the Rohingya to live with them.  The Rohingya get bounced back and forth between the two countries, with nowhere to truly call home.

Our teacher gave us a project to finish for next week.  She wants us to learn a little bit more about the Rohingya so we are ready to make an art project that will help us remember to pray for them.

Here is the assignment she gave us.  She wants us to answer these questions, using these two websites (with a parent’s permission) and the word bank below.

http://www.joshuaproject.net/people-profile.php?peo3=11359&rog3=BM

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bg.html

  1. What is the primary religion of the Rohingya people?
  1. What is the name of a river that separates the Rohingya from Bangladesh?
  1. What is the capital city of Bangladesh?
  1. What body of water borders the land of the Rohingya to the west?
  1. What other country, besides Myanmar (Burma) shares a border with Bangladesh?
  1. What is the name of the state in Myanmar (Burma) the Rohingya refugees are fleeing from?
  1. What region of Bangladesh are the Rohingya living in now?

Word Bank

Dhaka

India

Islam

Arakan (also known as Rakhine) State

Naf River

Cox’s Bazar

Bay of Bengal

“Dear God, please help the Rohingya people to find a safe home in You.  Help them understand that Jesus knows where they are, even though they feel lost and forgotten.  Please help them understand that You love them and want them to love You, and that You will not turn them away like Bangladesh and Burma have.  Thank You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

If you would like a printable copy of today’s lesson, please click here: Who are the Rohingya-printable

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