Saturday, January 26, 2008

Burma updates

If you have looked through some of the postings in my blog you will see that I have written several things about what is happening in Burma. Here are some more updates.

  • The UN/UNICEF reports that 400 children die a day in Burma from preventable diseases. This is the second worst mortality rate in Asia.
  • A 17-year-old Burmese girl was sold by her mother to human traffickers. The girl escaped and stated her mother sold her because of the financial difficulties in Burma.
  • The Burmese military has intensified its crackdown on citizens. Over 1,500 political prisoners are in jail. 700 people were arrested in September when they demonstrated against the government, and 80 of those are unaccounted for.

In January of last year the Burma government issued a memo that said in part "There shall be no home where the Christian religion is practised." This memo was leaked and it was never refuted by their government. It is abundantly clear that Burmese Christians live in danger every day.

We need to pray for the Burmese Christians and for all citizens of Burma. I also recommend you find a worthy organization that is trying to help these folks and support that organization. One ministry that I know of is Voice of the Martyrs. They assist persecuted Christians not only in Burma but throughout the world. Do what you can - today!

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