Christian Persecution Intensifies as Myanmar Military Destroys Churches

Farrukh Saif

June 4, 2024

Myanmar Christian Persecution

The ongoing conflict in Myanmar has taken a devastating toll on religious freedom, with the military junta accused of deliberately targeting and destroying Christian churches across the country. According to recent news, at least five churches have been destroyed by the junta’s forces, highlighting the escalating persecution of Christians in the country.

Escalating Attacks on Christians:

The destruction of these churches is a blatant violation of international laws protecting religious sites during armed conflicts. Reports from human rights organizations and local sources indicate that the junta has intentionally targeted churches, viewing them as symbols of Christian identity and potential sanctuaries for resistance forces and displaced civilians.

In Chin State, a predominantly Christian region, the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) has documented the destruction of at least 95 churches since the 2021 military coup. The junta’s airstrikes and arson attacks have left many of these historic structures in ruins, depriving communities of their places of worship and cultural heritage.

One particular incident occurred in January 2024 when the 129-year-old Assumption Church in Chan Thar village, Sagaing Region, was burned down by junta troops. The soldiers also set fire to a nearby convent, forcing thousands of villagers, including nuns, to flee their homes.

Unwavering Faith:

Archbishop Marco Tin Win of Mandalay lamented the suffering endured by the people of Myanmar, stating, “The violence rages especially in some areas. We do not lose hope because we know we have the Lord with us.” Despite the adversity, the resilient faith of Myanmar’s Christians remains unbroken.

The targeting of churches is not limited to Chin State or the Christian community alone. Buddhist monasteries and other religious sites have also been caught in the crossfire, underscoring the junta’s disregard for religious freedom and cultural heritage.

Calls for Action:

Human rights activists and international organizations have condemned these attacks as war crimes, urging the Myanmar military to respect the Geneva Conventions and international laws protecting religious sites during armed conflicts.

As the conflict in Myanmar continues to escalate, the plight of Christians, remains a grave concern. The international community must stand in solidarity with the people of Myanmar and demand an immediate end to the persecution and destruction of religious sites by the military junta.

We request you to Pray for the Persecuted Christians in Myanmar.

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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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