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02/19/2012 Burma (ONN) Burma, for decades a harsh country for Christians to live in, has normalized relations with the United States — although that does not necessarily improve the climate for believers.
The military leadership in Burma has softened its attitude, at least in the public eye, towards Christians after tens of thousands had to flee the country for their lives — especially a minority community called the Karens.
“The Burmese government has made agreements with some of the minority communities…” says Wendy Wright, a board member at Christian Freedom International. “But there are other Christian communities that the government has not made agreements with. The military has continued to do forays and attacks on other minority groups.”
Only time will tell as to whether the Burmese government legitimately desires to be a democracy that respects human rights — or, as Wright believes, if they are just simply trying to do enough so that other countries like the U.S. will drop sanctions.
Wright recommends that the United States be very wise in dealing with the Burmese government in hopes it will stop the genocidal assaults against its own people.
Christian Freedom International has joined with Christians Concerned for Burma in a Global Day of Prayer for Burma on March 13.
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