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03/10/2022 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – As the world turns its attention to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, the people of Myanmar continue to battle against a similar type of evil – the Tatmadaw (Burmese Army). For more than one year, the Tatmadaw failed to take control of the country with a coup and continued to attack civilians, villages, and places of worship.

On March 8, a Catholic church in Kayah state was attacked by the Tatmadaw in an airstrike. According to church sources, the ceiling and windows of the Our Lady of Fatima Church in Saun Du La village in Demoso township were severely damaged.

Despite repeated calls from church leaders not to target places of worship, the Tatmadaw has continued its offensives against churches and civilians in Christian strongholds like Kayah state and Chin state.

UCA News reports a military aircraft bombed the church around 2 a.m. on March 8, assuming it was sheltering people fleeing the ongoing conflict.

“As there was no ongoing armed conflict in that area, it was clearly a deliberate and planned attack against the Catholic Church and innocent civilians to maximize the human death toll and annihilate the religion,” a priest said.

Although Saun Du La is not near the fighting between the local defense group and the Tatmadaw, the junta still targeted the village repeatedly, a place where more than 100 displaced civilians were sheltering from Myanmar’s regime. Two women were wounded in the attack aimed to intimidate fleeing civilians.

The ongoing fighting between the local defense groups and the Tatmadaw since last May has resulted in eight Catholic churches being hit by the latter’s artillery shelling and airstrikes in Loikaw Diocese. As a result, some 16 parishes out of 38 in Loikaw Diocese have been abandoned by priests, nuns, and parishioners who have fled to safe areas following intensified fighting.

The attacks on civilian homes have forced people to move to safe areas, including church institutions and even jungles. Based on the January data from the Karenni Human Rights Group, more than 170,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in Kayah State, with clashes taking place almost daily in Loikaw and Demoso townships.

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