Thursday, December 15, 2011
There has been a series of attacks against the mainly Christian Kachin people in Burma. At the end of November soldiers fired mortar shells against civilians and burnt down homes.

In a separate incident, ten people, including seven children, were killed after an explosion rocked a Christian-run orphanage. The blast took place shortly after evening prayers. Sixteen children were injured, including two sons and a grandson of the Christian couple who run the orphanage.

Despite this, the authorities arrested the family in charge, Dayawng Tang Gun and his wife Ja Dim, alleging they had made the bombs. Residents suspect it was actually government officials who planted the explosives.

Minority groups within Burma, including the Kachins, have been fighting for independence from the military dictatorship for decades. Despite a show of reform from the Government, observers say attacks against minority groups generally have been increasing.

However, religious and human rights campaigners are encouraged by recent developments in Burma. The BBC reports that President Thein Sein has issued a communiqué ordering all military commanders in the Kachin area to stop offensive action.

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(Sources: Compass Direct, BBC, Time)

• Pray for families of Christians killed and those injured in the recent attacks in Kachin State, and for Dayawng Tang Gun and his wife Ja Dim, who have been charged with bomb-making.
• Pray also for a genuine change of heart in the military government in Burma and a complete
end to attacks against the Kachin people.