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Myanmar: Elderly Christians Shot Dead by Burmese Army (Tatmadaw)

Christians make up about 8.2 percent of the population of Myanmar. Most of these Christians are Protestants, with Roman Catholics comprising most of the rest; there is, however, a small community of Christians who belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church, which broke communion with Holy Orthodoxy after the fourth ecumenical council, the Council of Chalcedon in 451, over its definition of the two natures of Christ, divine and human.

Also, 13th century inscriptions in Greek have been discovered in Myanmar, indicating that there may have once been a Greek Orthodox presence there. 

For more coverage of the persecution of Christians in Myanmar, see here.

“Elderly Chin Christians Shot Dead by The Tatmadaw in Chin State,” International Christian Concern, October 5, 2021:

10/05/2021 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – Two elderly Christian men in Myanmar’s Chin state were killed in a car by the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) as they entered the town of Thantlang to help its displaced villagers.

Pu Ral Tu (70) and Pu Hram Cung (70), two respected community leaders had previously fled to Hakha as part of an almost total exodus of the town’s 15,000 residents thanks to a vicious Tatmadaw assault on September 18.

On September 29, together with four other passengers, their travelling van was attacked by the Tatmadaw after they had finished a meeting about helping fleeing villagers. The two did not survive, while Zo Peng, 50, sustained a head injury, and Than Heng, 78, injured his back during the shooting.

According to Myanmar Now, Ral Tu, who worked as a judge and was also a minister for several Christian congregations, was a trusted elder in the town of Thantlang. The two were given Christian burials at the cemetery in Thantlang the following day.

“The event is a sign that all of our lives are under threat,” one of Thantlang’s last remaining residents told Democratic Voice of Burma….

The Christian-majority Chin state has been a stronghold of the civil disobedience movement against the coup staged by the Tatmadaw last February.

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