Myanmar military sets church ablaze in battle-ravaged Chin state

October 14, 2021

In Myanmar, as elsewhere in Asia, Christianity is viewed as a foreign religion that threatens the integrity of the culture. Christians make up about 8.2 percent of the population of Myanmar.

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“Myanmar military sets church ablaze in battle-ravaged Chin state,” UCA News, October 14, 2021:

A church in Myanmar’s western Chin state, a predominantly Christian area, has been set on fire by the military as fighting rages in the mountainous region.

The Baptist church was burned along with four civilians’ homes in a village in Falam township on Oct. 13, according to Christian sources and media reports.

The fighting also led to hundreds of residents of at least five villages in Falam township fleeing into nearby jungles following the clash.

The church was targeted after fighting erupted between the military and the Chin National Army, which reportedly attacked a military’ convoy on the highway from Falam town to Hakah, the capital of Chin state, on Oct. 13….

On Oct. 3, the military raided a Catholic church in Kyaukthuh township, Magwe region, where displaced people from Mindat township had taken shelter, according to media outlet Zalen.

It said soldiers interrogated people and checked their phones for evidence of ties to local resistance groups. Around 150 people, mostly Christians, have taken refuge in the church’s compound since late September.

Catholic and Baptist churches in Chin state, an impoverished region, were targeted by the military in July and August as soldiers camped in the churches and destroyed church property.

Various denominations have condemned the disrespectful acts of the soldiers, including the consumption of alcohol inside places of worship, and called this a violation of the Geneva Convention….