Two young Christian Kachin women who were working as volunteer teachers for rural village children in Shabuk-Kaunghka in Shan state, Burma (Myanmar) were raped and killed by Burmese soldiers on 19 January. The attack is thought to come in revenge for renewed fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burmese Army.
The bodies of the two women, aged 20 and 21, were found badly beaten in their shared home.
Several thousand people have gathered in northern Myanmar for the funerals of the two teachers. The crowds were all wearing white ribbons and many were holding pictures of the women calling for an end to violence against women, correspondents say.
Human rights group have documented atrocities committed by the Burmese military, in particular towards women from ethnic minorities. The Kachin are a mainly Christian Burmese people group. Over 200,000 Kachin have been displaced since June 2011, many of whom are living in camps.
Sources: BBC, Barnabas Fund
- Uphold the loved ones, colleagues and students of these two women, pray the Lord will minister to them as they come to terms with this tragedy.
- Pray for those in authority investigating this case, may they seek justice. Pray more will be done to protect minority groups in Burma and stem the ongoing tension and unrest.
- Ask the Lord to strengthen the resolve of His children in Burma to love, serve and follow Him even through great trials and suffering. Pray He will pour out His Spirit and grow His church throughout this nation.