Another tribal group faces persecution in Myanmar -- an area
otherwise known as Burma.
The Chins are an ethnic group residing primarily in western
Burma, and 90 percent of them are Christians. Ryan Morgan of
Christian Concern comments on a report issued
recently that has been compiled over the last few
"[The report's] showing that they are still facing a huge amount
of discrimination based on their faith as well as outright
persecution," he relays. "Everything from being coerced into
converting to Buddhism, to having crosses destroyed, to being
forced to build Buddhist monasteries -- so, it's a pretty bad
Yet the United States recently lifted sanctions against Burma,
partly because the country has made guarantees of an improved
"I think this idea has spread that the government's begun a lot
of major reforms and that this has all been done away with. But
what we have is years and years -- decades, really -- of
institutionalized discrimination and persecution against Christians
for their faith in Burma," Morgan clarifies. "Honestly, that
doesn't go away in just a matter of months."
The Chin tribal group consists of about 1 million people
for whom Morgan encourages others to pray. He also
urges for continued pressure on the U.S. government
to hold Burma accountable.
ICC has several programs to assist the Chins.
Even though a Christian is no longer under the death penalty in
Iran, one group is maintaining focus on other persecuted Christians
in the country.