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A displaced Kachin woman - Flickr / Trocair
Photo: Flickr / Trocair (c)

As the world's attention is centred on the estimated 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing slaughter from the military in Burma, another group who are predominantly Christian are facing a similar fate. The Kachin people live in an area of northern Burma, near the borders of India and China.

For decades, there has been a conflict between the government and Kachin rebels fighting for independence. Recently, however, response from the Burmese military has greatly intensified. Attacks by air and artillery have been indiscriminate, and landmines have caused villages to be uninhabitable. Additionally, women have been ruthlessly raped and camps of displaced persons have been cruelly targeted. Soldiers have occupied churches and interrogated entire congregations. Access by journalists, aid organizations and others has been denied.

Many Kachins believe that the attacks have been increasing because the military's persecution of Rohingya Muslims has gone unpunished. Other ethnic and religious minorities are also worried they may be next. Paul Robinson of Release International says, "The military controls Burma with an iron grip, and there are some who won't rest until all of Burma is Buddhist -- at any price. They've targeted the Muslims, now they're going for the Christians."

Please pray for the protection of those suffering these merciless attacks. Also remember Burma's church leaders as they tirelessly work to comfort and encourage their people. May pressure from leaders within Burma and countries around the world, who are standing against such human rights abuses, prove to be beneficial in putting a stop to these indiscriminate attacks.

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
57,069,099 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Burman (68), Shan (9), Karen (7), Rakhine (4), Chinese (3), Indian (2), Mon (2), Other (5)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (87.9), Christianity (6.2), Islam (4.3), other (1.6)

Leader
Prime Minister Min Aund Hlaing (August 2021) - self-appointed

Government type
Parliamentary republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Burma

Pray that the newly elected civilian government will respect the religious freedoms of all its citizens – including the followers of Jesus. Ask God to prove Himself victorious over the longstanding abuses in Burma, and to demonstrate His transforming power by bringing many more to salvation. May He bless and multiply the evangelistic efforts of the seminary students and graduates, granting them divine appointments with people who are silently yearning for the truth of the Gospel.

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