Military, Civilians Face Off in Myanmar as Crisis Escalates, Local Church Leaders Fear Collapse

Protesters rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 9, 2021. (Photo, caption obtained via Wikimedia Commons)

Myanmar’s military is using increasing force against protestors, prompting warnings from the United Nations. Local church leaders who partner with Asian Access fear collapse.

Today ends a tumultuous week in Myanmar. Yesterday, police broke up crowds in the capital with a water cannon and catapults in a northern town. Troops that typically fight insurgencies in border states were seen moving into larger cities. More Western nations joined the U.S. in condemning the junta and sanctioning its members.

Christian leaders tell Asian Access President Joe Handley that their country could collapse if the current crisis continues.

“They’re very concerned about what’s happening and that they won’t be able to have contact with outside people,” Handley says.

The junta shut off Internet access for three consecutive nights this week, but some found ways to skirt restrictions. Now, it’s been over 24 hours since Handley heard from his contacts in Myanmar.

“They [said] that might be a possibility; we’ve had to change communication channels three times already since all this started,” Handley says.

“If they shut down the internet completely, it’ll be very difficult to communicate.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for national church leaders as they shine the hope of Christ during this perilous season in Myanmar.
  • Ask God to restore communication channels between Asian Access and partners in Myanmar.