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Myanmar: Historic Christian village under fire again

In Myanmar as elsewhere in Asia, Christianity is generally considered to be an alien faith.

Christians make up about 8.2 percent of the population of Myanmar. The overwhelming majority of these are Protestants, with Roman Catholics comprising most of the rest; there is, however, a small community of Armenian Orthodox Christians, and 13th century inscriptions in Greek indicate that there may have once been a Greek Orthodox presence there. 

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

“Historic Catholic village under fire again in Myanmar,” UCA News, May 23, 2022:

The Myanmar military has continued to target a historic Catholic village in the country’s Bamar heartland while pressing ahead with attacks on religious buildings in predominantly Christian regions.

At least 320 out of the estimated 350 households were burned down during a military raid on Chaung Yoe village in the Sagaing region on May 20, according to local sources.

Thousands of Catholic villagers were forced to flee their homes to nearby safe areas as junta troops set fire to one house after another.

Houses in three nearby Buddhist villages were also set ablaze during the military raid on the same day.

Sources said Mary Help of Christians Church, convent and the priest’s house were not damaged.

The latest attack came just four days before the annual celebration of Mary Help of Christians on May 24.

“We have no homes and no property. Where will we stay in the village when we return if the situation is deemed safe?”

“It’s so sad. I was in tears when I saw smoke coming out from my village as my house was also burned down,” said a Catholic woman who sought safety among her relatives in a nearby town.

“We have no homes and no property. Where will we stay in the village when we return if the situation is deemed safe?”…

Three historic Catholic villages in Sagaing region, the Bamar heartland where resistance has been growing to the military among people’s defense forces, have been targeted, while the military has continued attacking civilians’ homes and churches in predominantly Christian regions including Kayah state in eastern Myanmar….

The ongoing conflict, particularly in Christian strongholds in areas inhabited by the Kayah, Chin, Karen and Kachin minorities, has resulted in churches and convents being attacked and raided. Priests and pastors have been arrested while many unarmed civilians have been killed….

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