Despite the reintroduction of democracy last year and the current Peace Talks going on at Panglong, near the Thai border, between the Central government and ethnic groups, the Burmese Military, over whom the governing party has constitutionally no control, continues to wage its often violent offensive in a number of ethnic-majority States in Myanmar, such as Kachin. Ordinary people, risking their own security, decided to take to the streets today, encouraged and led by both Christian and Buddhist representatives.
Columban Missionaries have had a long association with the peoples of this part of Myanmar, and have supported the humanitarian needs of the tens of thousands of refugees displaced since the breakdown of the government/KIA ceasefire in 2011.
Religious Leaders Together for Peace
We received the following report a couple of hours ago from Myanmar:
“Today (6th October 2016) in Myitkyina, near to 30,000 people are marching for peace and against the severe active offensive attack of the Burmese military against Kachin ethnic armed groups. Yesterday, it was not safe enough to conduct the march, so people demonstrated inside the Manau cultural park. We have also learned that the main Myitkyina-Banmaw road has been blocked by the military to civil society groups and other NGOs who are rendering humanitarian aid to internally displaced people (IDPs). This is really the worst nightmare for our IDPs. Please do remember us in your prayers”.
Fr Bosco Ah Seng, Diocesan Curia, Myitkyina.