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Cardinal Tagle in Bangladesh to visit Rohingya refugees

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By Christina Hermoso

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, in his capacity as president of Caritas Internationalis, has visited a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh to personally check on the condition of Rohingya Muslims who fled deadly persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017.

Archbishop Cardinal Luisito Tagle (CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Archbishop Cardinal Luisito Tagle
(CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

His Eminence visited refugee families and aid workers including Caritas staff and government officials in Cox’s Bazar District in southeast Bangladesh, which currently serves as the temporary home of the more than one million displaced Muslim minorities.

An article by the Union of Catholic Asia News said, the visit brought “joy and sadness” to Tagle who spoke to families at the refugee camp as well as to aid and volunteer workers.

“Now, coming to the camp, a part of me rejoices that they are given the attention, especially the dignity, they deserve. But at the same time a part of me continues to be sad because I wonder if this is a permanent of state of life for them or if this is temporary,” the cardinal told UCANews.

“I cannot imagine how parents would respond if their children asked them what is their future. If I had a child here, I would not know how to give an answer,” he lamented.

UCANews said the refugees were glad to see Cardinal Tagle to whom they shared their stories of suffering and pain and their longing to, one day, “return to Myanmar as citizens.”

Tagle also praised the work being done by Caritas in the refugee camp.

“I am very happy to see the work of Caritas Bangladesh is excellent. It really embodies what Caritas is all about. But I am also happy to see that Caritas Bangladesh, which is very small, is able to do its mission because of the collaboration of many other Caritas members. This really gives me hope that if we come together we can make a difference,” he said.

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