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Myanmar: continued crisis for Kachin Christians

December 19, 2011

A bishop in Myanmar (Burma) is urging the international community to intervene on behalf of Kachin Christians, who are suffering a mounting humanitarian crisis amid fighting between Myanmar’s army and Kachin rebels. An estimated 57,000 people have fled their homes.

“Many ethnic Kachin are trapped and blocked along the border, because they are rejected by China,” said Bishop Raymond Gam of Banmaw. China borders Myanmar on the north.

“They cannot escape, they are severely suffering and are victims of war,” he added. “We ask the international community and foreign governments to stop the fighting immediately and to start a path of peace and reconciliation.”


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