Chin church hit by attacks in Kachin, members displaced
24 January 2013: A building of the Emmanuel Chin Baptist Church in Phakanh, Kachin State has been destroyed in the ongoing military attacks between Burma’s Tatmadaw and Kachin rebels.
Rev. Pa Hrang Hmung, a Chin pastor based in Mandalay, said the church building, which is used as a shelter for about 100 Chin Christian members, was hit around 3pm yesterday.
“The fighting continues and we have about 100 people staying in the church building. Now that it is damaged, we are now in a difficult situation,” added the pastor.
Another building where the church pastor, Rev. Joseph, originally from Surgen village in Chin State, and his family members live, is also destroyed, the Chin pastor added.
“Rev. Joseph and his family including four young children are now on the run with no proper places to stay. As the fighting is still going on, no one from our side has been able to go out to help them,” said Rev. Pa Hrang Hmung.
He calls on Chin churches and communities worldwide to pray for the victims and to contribute assistance as the members are taking refuge in the church compound.
“It costs about 1,000,000 kyats a week to look after all the members. As the situation draws longer, we are gradually running out of our resources,” continued Rev. Pa Hrang Mung.
As of today, no casualties have been reported from the Chin members trapped in the conflict in Kachin State.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang