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(BosNewsLife) – Photo’s of smiling children in yellow t-shirts with the words “Christian Freedom International” (CFI) are the only prove he has of these Christian Karen villagers in neighboring Burma .

Weeks after Pastor Tad Sandford and a CFI team visited them all were allegedly massacred by government forces, who are fighting against the mainly Christian Karen, one of Burma ‘s largest ethnic minorities.

“I still remember that phone call in the middle of the night,” says Sandford, 64, who now leads the CFI Vocational School for Karen orphans in Thailand ‘s border town of Mae Sot . “Our contacts in Burma told us there were yellow rivers…Those children in this yellow t-shirts were all butchered by the Busmese army and their bodies were laying in the water.” Sandford interrupts the interview and starts crying.

“We believe at least hundreds of children died, although the final number may be thousands of villagers. Those same children to whom we tried to give hope, were among those killed…”


Although the incident happened several years ago, Sandford believes massacres are ongoing. BosNewsLife has established that government forces continue to shell villages in Burma . The ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) forces and their smaller ally, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), are fighting the Christian Karen despite promises of a ceasefire. As part of the policy, children are allegedly singled out for killings. …

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