Christians Concerned for Burma

Global Day of Prayer for Burma 2020

Thank you for praying all these years for the people of Burma. Your prayers have made a difference: there have been ceasefires, people have been able to move around and travel a little more,and there has been more of a process of shared governance. These are some of the good things that we have seen with our eyes and experienced.

However, the military still runs the country of Burma and it is not a true democracy. Over one million Rohingya have been displaced and are notable to come home. In Arakan State this year, heavy fighting displaced over 30,000 people. In northern Burma, over 100,000 people remain displaced as fighting continues. In Karen State, the Burma Army repeatedly violates the ceasefire and displacement fluctuates from 1,000 to 3,000 with each attack. The people of Burma still need prayer.

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Burma Overview

2019: More Setbacks, Less Progress

Over the past year, there has been little progress and many setbacks in the peace process between the Myanmar government/Tatmadaw*, and Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs). The Burma Army has arguably prevented Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) government from making concessions, causing stagnation in the peace process. This, and the intensification of armed conflict in the north and west of the country, reflect a failure on the part of centralized military and government to meaningfully engage with ethnic stakeholders.

Stories of Love And Service

Show Another Way

Show Another Way

Show Another Way Lessons on Love Learned in ConflictBurma is home to a myriad of ethnic groups and has been burdened by civil war for more than 70 years; it rarely makes it into the news, but when it does, it is hard to know what to do. How to help such a complicated...

To Love Is To Act

To Love Is To Act

To Love Is To Act Steve Gumaer, President of Partners Relief & Development (PRAD) Mountains, tall trees, the sunset over broad desert landscapes, a painting by Klimt, even a beautiful sculpture, all inspire me. A perfect sentence that turns my mind inward, then...

North Star in a Dark Place

North Star in a Dark Place

This was originally written by Tanner Smith for Partners Summer of Beautiful publication. Read the full publication at blog.partners.ngo. Photo by Chris Norman. Hadisa began teaching school when she was 15. That makes her almost a veteran today at age 18. Her one-room...

Area Updates

Karen State

Karen State

Karen State New Burma Army Camps and Continuing Ceasefire Violations Throughout 2019Throughout 2019, locals documented the Burma Army moving supplies and building up army bases in Karen State. In January 2019, locals observed that the Burma Army had doubled troop...

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Wa State

Wa State

WA State Updates on Religious Persecution in Wa StateThe truck stopped and the soldiers jumped out. They were looking for three young men. Rumors were out these men were gathering people to pray and worship Jesus. These three young men are special because they are...

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Karenni State

Karenni State

Karenni State In Jan. 2019, the Burma Army finished building new bases in four townships in Karenni State, even though the military had previously initiated a unilateral four-month ceasefire that included Karenni State. Burma Army officials also failed to notify the...

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Southern Shan State

Southern Shan State

Southern Shan State Southern Shan State is home to many people groups including Shan, Lahu, PaOh and Ta-ang people. It has seen some of the most consistent conflict of any part of Burma, but often this has been between the ethnic groups as well as with the Burma Army....

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Naga Hills

Naga Hills

Naga Hills Political Tension Leads to Arrests and Party RemovalLocated in northwestern Burma, Nagaland remains one of the poorest, most isolated and least developed areas in the country. On 29 Jan. 2019, the Burma Army took control of the National Socialist Council of...

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Chin State

Chin State

Chin State Internet Cuts, Curfews, and Landgrabs ContinueAs fighting has increased between the Burma Army and the Arakan Army in Arakan State, thousands of displaced civilians have fled into neighboring Chin State and are now living in camps there, with little access...

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Arakan State

Arakan State

Arakan State Ethnic Groups Face Off Against the Burma ArmyConflict between the Burma Army and the Arakan Army escalated in recent years, with the Burma Army carrying out random executions, torture, arrests, and kidnappings against civilians. The Arakan Army, which has...

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Northern Burma

Northern Burma

Northern burma Heavy Fighting in Kachin and Northern Shan States Despite a New CeasefireOn 21 Dec. 2018, the Burma Army announced a four-month ceasefire for Kachin State and northern Shan State with the goal of resuming peace talks with members of the Northern...

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Praying For

Remembering Eh Klo Moo

Remembering Eh Klo Moo

Remembering Eh KLo Moo A Bright Light for the Karen PeopleIn September 2019, Eh Klo Moo, a Karen leader, passed away during heart surgery. Eh Klo Moo was ahumble, brilliant, and kind man who followed Jesus and sacrificed himself for others.Eh Klo Moos father, PDoh Tha...

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Justice Moves Forward

Justice Moves Forward

Justice moves forward How the International Community is Seeking Legal Action Against BurmaOn 11 Nov. 2019, The Gambia filed a case against Burma in the UNs International Court of Justice (ICJ), alleging Burma violated the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment...

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Providing Care, Giving Hope

Providing Care, Giving Hope

Providing Care, Giving Hope A Look at One Clinic Filling the Healthcare Gap in Karen StateSaw Thay Duh Gay arrived at the Jungle School of Medicine-Kawthoolei (JSMK) thinking he was coming to have his leg amputated. Two days earlier, while working on a chainsaw crew,...

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Voices From Burma: Hser Nay Paw

Voices From Burma: Hser Nay Paw

Voices From Burma An 18 Year-Old Medic From Karen State Shares Her Experience Growing Up in a Conflict ZoneHser Nay Paw is an 18-year-old medic from Karen State. She joined a Free Burma Rangers training to learn more about medicine so that she can return to her...

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Remembering Zau Seng

Remembering Zau Seng

Remembering Zau Seng Kachin Medic and VideographerZau Seng, a medic and videographer from Kachin State, was killed during a Turkish-supported Free Syrian Army attack on 3 November 2019. Zau was a follower of Jesus and was always ready to go and help and film wherever...

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