Thursday, 31 October 2013

Myanmar / Burma: Soldiers Kill Three Men, Including Assistant Pastor

Bulletin Date: 30 October 2013

Myanmar (Burma)

Three men, including an assistant pastor, were killed in northern Kachin state last month after being detained by soldiers, according to Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) officials.

Assistant Pastor Hkaw Duk and the two other men were killed sometime after being detained in their village in early September. Eight other men from the same village, including the Reverend Ram Mai, were tortured in the local church compound before being released, according to KBC officials who recently visited the village on an aid mission.

Fifty-four villagers are still being held by Burmese soldiers, and 14 villagers in desperate need of medical care have been denied aid. The villagers are not allowed to leave the village, and food is getting scarce.

More than 200 soldiers are now deployed in this village, according to an eyewitness who spoke to our partners on condition of anonymity.

Please Pray!

Pray for the men who were tortured, the families of the men who were killed and those who are ill. Pray for peace in the village, and pray that the soldiers will leave without inflicting further harm. Pray that the Lord will soften the hearts of the soldiers.

"For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil." 1 Pet. 3:12

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