Four men were wounded as a Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) shell struck the premises of a Bible school in northern Shan State on 3 November.
Several shells were fired on the school, which is run by the Kachin Baptist Convention in Kutkai Township, at around 8pm.
The four students had been staying in a dormitory at the school when the shell struck a tree. They were injured by shrapnel and were treated in hospital.
“I can’t even imagine what could have happened if it had hit them directly,” commented a volunteer who assisted with their treatment.
The Tatmadaw, which seized power in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in a coup on 1 February 2021, has for many years persecuted the Christian-majority Chin, Kachin and Karen ethnic groups, as well as the large Christian communities in Kayah and Shan states, and the Muslim-majority Rohingya.
In September the Tatmadaw laid mines around a church in Moebye, Shan State, which it occupied for several days.