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04/15/2021 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – The leaders of Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) are calling for prayer and advocacy amid the deteriorating situation in Myanmar, two months after the military junta staged a coup to topple the civilian government.

Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson and Rev. Hpauyawng Tu Mai, the President and General Secretary of KBC in Myanmar, called on Christians around the world to pray and advocate for an end to the military rule that has taken place since February 1.

In a written statement dated April 7, KBC said, “Under the rule of militarized dictatorship, the civilians of Burma/Myanmar are denied all fundamental human rights stated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For instance, the citizens of Myanmar live in fear of the unknown future of being arrested or tortured on a daily basis. The citizens of Myanmar are denied ownership of a property even if they are entitled to own it. The citizens of Myanmar are banned to know the truth via information blackout.”

KBC added that any religious organization faces discrimination and oppression if it does not speak in favor of the Tatmadaw (Burmese Army).

In addition, the unarmed citizens are suffering greatly nationwide under threat of being killed and arrested either in the street or at home. Fear, gunshots, blood, threats, tears, death, etc., are the citizens’ daily lives. With the ongoing increased violence, KBC is especially concerned about the increased number of IDPs (Internally

Displaced Persons) in ethnic regions with high-risk civil war outbreaks.

In this painful and traumatized situation, KBC would like to request humbly and

earnestly for worldwide Christian brothers and sisters’ support to the following matters:

  1. To support us with most effective and impactful prayer service.
  2. To help us by advocating freedom from dictatorship.
  3. To assist by voicing up to lift up information blackout in Myanmar.
  4. Most importantly, please help us uprooting dictatorship in Myanmar with any possible strategy available.

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