Myanmar: In predominantly Christian Chin state, military continues to target churches

Since September more than 300 buildings and four churches have been burnt down by the Burmese army in Thantlang in Chin state. 

The town of Thantlang in Myanmar has been deserted by its inhabitants, yet it continues to be attacked by the Burmese army.

The Christian-majority Chin State was one of the first to organize resistance to the military after the February 1 coup against the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi, which led to a violent repression by the junta.

Airstrikes, indiscriminate attacks on civilians, the state has been hit hard, as hundreds of people have been jailed and dozens killed.

In addition, despite repeated calls from several church leaders to the Burmese army to stop attacks on churches, places of worship continue to be targeted by the junta.

International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that according to local media, the St. Nicholas Catholic Church was burnt down on November 27, and the organization also reveals that recently at least 49 more homes, including the Centennial Baptist Church in Thantlang, were burnt down. been set on fire.

Thus since September, more than 300 buildings including four churches have been attacked.

Dave Eubank, leader of the Christian humanitarian service movement Free Burma Rangers, said earlier this month that these manifestations of violence do not specifically target Christians but are linked instead to popular resistance. However, ICC believes that these repeated attacks testify to "the brutality and the religious agenda of the junta".

Camille Westphal Perrier

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Article originally published in November 2021.

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