Nobody should be left behind: JRS representative in Cox’s Bazar


Cox’s Bazar, 24 April 2022: 

Representative from Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), Rev Fr Jeyaraj Veluswamy, SJ, from India on Sunday said that no human being or community should be left behind when the whole world is going forward.

He made these comments while sharing his experience with the Caritas Bangladesh staff.

Fr Jeyaraj also made a monitoring visit to six Multipurpose Children and Adolescent Centers (MCAC) at Block-D and F in Camp-4 for the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMNs) in Cox’s Bazar district. The MCACs are run by in coordination with JRS and Caritas Bangladesh.

Reminding the quote of His Holiness Pope Francis, eminent psychologist Fr Jeyaraj said “The presence of Rohingyas is the presence of Jesus with us.”

“Rohingyas should not be forgotten when we are going forward, we must take them with us as human being and extend helping hands towards Rohingya brothers and sisters,” Fr Jeyaraj added.

During the daylong visit to Rohingya Camp, Rev Fr. Jeyaraj interacted with Rohingya children and adolescents at the MCAC run by JRS. He distributed Holy Eid-ul-Fitr Gifts among 39 Vocational Instructors, volunteers for Early Childhood Development (ECD), Community-based Child Protection (CBCP), Case Management (CM), and Night Guards from 6 MCAC.

He also distributed juice and an apple to all 1,491 children who attend regular sessions at MCAC run by JRS.

The six MCACs are as follows- MCAC- 1 (Hope); MCAC- 2 (Love); MCAC- 3 (Harmony); MCAC- 4 (Grace); MCAC- 5 (Joy); MCAC- 6 (Peace).

Rev Fr. Jeyaraj Veluswamy, SJ, who is a psychologist as well served the vulnerable children and women at MCAC centers just after the massive influx in 2017. He stayed in Bangladesh for over two years and provided psycho-social support to the vulnerable FDMNS.

Rev. Fr. Jerry Gomes, SJ; Brother Roton Boidya, SJ; Liton Tigga, Technical Officer (Case Management & Psychosocial Support) among others were present during the daylong visit.