Bangkok, Thailand, Sep 5, 2013 / 23:13 pm
Responding to a humanitarian crisis pushing tens of thousands of a minority ethnic group in Burma from their homes, Caritas Thailand is caring for refugees who have fled violence in their home country.
"Caritas Thailand has especially dedicated this year to address refugee issues as one of its priority concerns," Fr. Pairat Sriparasert, secretary general of Caritas Thailand, told CNA last month.
The Rohingya people are minority group who live in Burma's Rakhine state and practice Islam. They have long been persecuted by the country's Buddhist majority, and in 2012, riots in Rakhine displaced some 125,000 Rohingya.
"The Rohingya crisis is a major and crucial burning issue for Thailand and for its Southeast Asian neighbors," Fr. Sriparasert explained.