Two pastors died in December in Chin state as the Myanmar Army continues its assault on Christians and churches, according to International Christian Concern.
Tatmadaw soldiers, the official armed forces of the country formerly known as Burma, arrested Salai Ngwe Kyar in Magway Region of Chin state Dec. 6. Two days later, he died in Magway General Hospital, reports ICC. On Dec. 13, two days after Tatmadaw arrested Pastor Om Kee, his body — with a bullet wound to his head — was found in a bush area.
Houses and churches burned
Other recent incidents have targeted Christians in Chin state. United Pentecostal Church in Thantlang was among 19 structures set on fire Dec. 4. Since Sept. 9, more than 450 houses and five church buildings have been burned. About 10,000 people have fled to other areas or to India. Chin state’s population is 90% Christian, ICC reports.
Myanmar is No. 19 on Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.