Myanmar military bomb two churches and a hospital in Christian-majority Chin State

20 May 2024

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Please continue in prayer for the Christian community in Chin State, western Myanmar, which has come under renewed attack from the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw).

The Tatmadaw bombed two churches in the Christian-majority state in two airstrikes at around 9pm on 11 May. The churches in the village of Lungtak near the town of Tonzang were hit as the military attempted to drive out rebels from the area.

The bombardment also destroyed five houses. More than 1,000 residents from Lungtak and surrounding villages fled into nearby forests to escape the bombings.

The aerial strikes occurred just over two weeks after Tatmadaw airstrikes on a village hospital in Chin State killed five people, including four patients.

The attack on the Vawmm’tu cottage hospital in Vawmm village, near Mindat township, around 270 miles south of Tonzang, was carried out on 25 April.

The hospital that provides crucial health care services to thousands of people in conflict-torn western Chin State has been repeatedly hit by Tatmadaw airstrikes despite the absence of any active fighting in the region.

“The latest attack came following the aerial bombing on the hospital on 25 April that killed five civilians, including four patients and a visitor, and wounded 30 others,” said local spokesperson Yaw Mang.

Pray for an end to airstrikes on churches and hospitals. Pray for God’s comfort for those bereaved and protection for Christians throughout Chin State from such attacks.

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