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The town of Thantlang once again came under an arson attack by the Tatmadaw on 4 December, where 19 structures were burnt down by the junta soldiers.

Along with neighbouring houses, the United Pentecostal Church and its clergy quarter near the centre of the town were set on fire.

Salai Isaac Khin, a former regional minister, shared on his Facebook account that ousted Vice President Henry Van Thio and his wife, Dr Sui Hluan used to attend the church.

Since 9 September, more than 450 houses, including five church buildings were burnt down in the now desolated Thantlang. Over 10,000 residents have fled to neighbouring states or India to avoid the ongoing fighting between local resistance forces and the Tatmadaw.

Chin activists believe that the continuous attack shows the junta’s intention of clearing more structures near the brigade’s camp. However, the targeted destruction of churches also points to the Tatmadaw’s hostilities toward Christianity.

Sources: Chin Human Rights Organisation, International Christian Concern

Let us pray.

  • Pray for the townspeople who have been affected. Ask the Lord to work through the church members and leaders to provide encouragement, care and support to all.
  • Ask the Lord for His strength and provision to aid the victims in overcoming the attack. Ask Him to bring good from their suffering.
  • Pray for the people of Myanmar as they continue to suffer the effects of ongoing unrest.