For the 6th time, a Catholic place of worship is struck down by the army in Myanmar

“We appealed to the military not to attack churches because many people, especially vulnerable people, are taking refuge there. But the call fell on deaf ears. "

Last month, we reported on the shots fired on theChurch of St. Joseph of Demoso, or on the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart by Pekhon. TheAgenzia Fides just reported the bombardment of another Catholic building, the Church of Our Lady of Peace in the parish of Dongankha.

The attack took place on June 6. A priest of the diocese, Father Paul Tinreh, reports that there were no injuries or victims. The church is not the only one to have been damaged in this area. Houses are also reported to be victims of “indiscriminate artillery fire”.

According to Agenzia Fides, it is the sixth place of Catholic worship affected by army attacks.

Another priest specifies that "since the state of Kayah has become a war zone, no place is safe".

For the Jesuit Wilbert Mireh, there are several reasons for these attacks on churches. Among them, the actions carried out by the Catholic Church aimed at populations and the fact that they no longer have "an ounce of humanity or heart".

“We appealed to the military not to attack churches because many people, especially vulnerable people, are taking refuge there. But the call fell on deaf ears. One of the reasons they are attacking the Catholic Church is that it, together with many donors, has taken relief initiatives for more than a third of the total population of the state. of Kayah (over 300 people) who was forcibly displaced by indiscriminate attacks by the military regime. If they attack churches, it is also because they no longer have an ounce of humanity or heart. "

MC

Article originally published in June 2021.

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