Samaritan’s Purse Responding to Rohingya Refugee Crisis

November 9, 2017 • Bangladesh
Samaritan's Purse is providing medical care to Rohingya refugees.
Samaritan's Purse is providing medical care to Rohingya refugees. Pictured: Dr. Pauline Anthony examines a patient.

The displaced Rohingya people in Bangladesh are in desperate need.

Samaritan’s Purse has a disaster assistance response team (DART) on the ground to assist increasingly anguished Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh.

Many Rohingya are sick and injured and need medical attention.

Many Rohingya are sick and injured and need medical attention.

Thousands leave each day. So far, more than 600,000 refugees have made the arduous journey to escape since late August. They arrive in the crowded, squalid camp along the border tired and often malnourished. Their grueling trek is fraught with peril, requiring them to walk—even swim—for miles. Scant food supplies only heighten their feeling of desperation. Thousands haven’t survived the terrifying trip, dying along the way. Children are especially vulnerable, with many suffering from severe malnutrition.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that the crisis is spiraling into “a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.”

More than 500,000 Rohingya are living in a cramped refugee camp.

Close to 500,000 Rohingya are living in what is one of the world’s largest refugee camps.

Our team is exploring ways we can best assist the people and meet their pressing needs in the Name of Jesus Christ.

To handle a burgeoning number of complex orthopedic surgeries, we will be building a surgical ward at a longtime partner hospital. This will essentially double the hospital’s capacity to perform these surgeries.

World Medical Mission has been able to field nurses and doctors to care for the patients at the 24-bed Rohingya Care Unit. We will be recruiting more medical professionals for the next several months.

In addition, we plan to send medical equipment and supplies via our DC-8 cargo plane.

“We are very happy for the support of Samaritan’s Purse. The Rohingya people will see the love and compassion of Jesus,” said a local Christian leader in Bangladesh.

Samaritan’s Purse will be working to provide food, tarps, and clean water safe to drink—along with non-food items to help alleviate the harsh conditions there. We’ll also be working to improve proper sanitation.

“These are very vulnerable people who need our help,” said DART member David Bock. “What they need most is hope.”

Please pray for the Rohingya during this time of crisis and suffering, that they will experience God’s love and His eternal hope found only in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Rohingya are fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

The Rohingya are making a desperate flight from Myanmar to Bangladesh.