Christians in Burma facing discrimination

Friday, September 14, 2012
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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 International Christian Concern comments on a report issued recently that has been compiled over the last few years.

"[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 situation."

Yet the United States recently lifted sanctions against Burma, partly because the country has made guarantees of an improved record.

"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.

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