More churches burned down by Myanmar military amid massacres in predominantly Christian state

Jan 1, 2022 by

by Samuel Smith, Christian Post:

Two Christian churches were among over 50 buildings burned down by Myanmar military troops on Thursday in the Thantlang township of the Chin state as the junta has razed several villages in recent months in the predominantly Christian province.

The Chin Human Rights Organization reported that the Assembly of God Church and a church belonging to the Thantlang Association of Baptist Churches were burned down by military forces. The watchdog further claimed that Light Infantry Battalions 222 and 269, as well as Light Infantry Division 66, were responsible for “the arson fires.”

“Drone image taken today of the arson fire on Dec 30 confirms the destruction of the Assembly of God Church and one of the office buildings of Thantlang Association of Baptist Churches (TABC), the largest religious organization in the Township,” a tweet from the human rights group reads. “Over 50 buildings were destroyed.”

Editor’s note: The Anglican Mainstream Myanmar appeal, launched in early December, to support needy students and staff at Holy Cross Theological College, Yangon, has raised more than £2000. The principal, Dr Paul Myint Htet says: “2021 was terrible for Myanmar. But we are positive and we hope that 2022 is the year of blessings and favour for us. Thank you for all your kindness, concerns, and assistance over us.”

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