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ICC Note: Persecution against minority groups in South East Asia is on the rise. Unfortunately, Christians are the most persecuted minority among those groups since they are considered a threat to the government and the predominant religions. Consequently, many victims have had to seek refuge elsewhere, but Christians are still not given priority when asking for help in other countries.

12/5/2017 Bangladesh (La Croix) – Muhammad Abu Sayed, 35, a Rohingya refugee who two months ago fled to Bangladesh after violence in Myanmar’s  Rakhine state, speaks at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar on December 4. Sayed is one of 16 Rohingyas who met Pope Francis in Dhaka on December 1 during the pontiff’s trip to Bangladesh. (Photo: Stephan Uttom/

Expectations are high among refugees in makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar days after Pope Francis met with 16 Rohingya refugees in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

On his way back to the Vatican, the pontiff admitted he wept during his December 1 encounter with the Muslim refugees who have fled from religious persecution in Myanmar’s neighboring Rakhine State.

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