Christian Pastor Killed In Myanmar’s Kachin State

Farrukh Saif

March 25, 2024

Nammye Hkun Jaw Li: Pastor

The recent targeted killing of Nammye Hkun Jaw Li, a 47-year-old Christian pastor from the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) in Myanmar’s Kachin state, has sent shockwaves through the community and raised concerns about escalating violence in the region.

On March 18, Pastor Nammye was fatally shot by three unidentified assailants at his computer shop in Mogaung township. The attackers, who remain at large, shot him multiple times, leaving his family and friends devastated and seeking answers about the motive behind this heinous act.

The incident sheds light on the ongoing conflict in Kachin state, where tensions have risen since the military coup in 2021.

The region has witnessed a surge in violence between the military and rebel forces, with civilians often caught in the crossfire. The targeting of a Christian pastor underscores the religious dimension of the conflict, as Christians are increasingly being persecuted and accused of supporting opposition groups.

The lack of clarity surrounding the identity of the perpetrators has left many in the dark, fueling fears and suspicions within the community. Calls for justice and accountability have been echoed by local leaders and human rights organizations, urging authorities to swiftly investigate this brutal attack and bring those responsible to justice.

As Myanmar deals with political chaos and increasing violence, the death of Pastor Nammye reminds us of the struggles faced by vulnerable groups during conflict. It shows how important it is to work for peace and safeguard religious minorities in the country.

The tragic loss of Pastor Nammye has not only shaken his loved ones but also sparked outrage and solidarity among those advocating for peace and justice in Myanmar’s troubled regions.

 As investigations continue into this senseless act of violence, the hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict remains a beacon of light amidst the darkness that has engulfed Kachin state.

We urge the international community to speak out for persecuted Christians facing daily challenges.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.


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