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The junta’s brutal war on believers

Myanmar’s military has torched and occupied churches and killed and detained pastors in its latest brutal offensive in the majority-Christian Chin province on its northwest border with India. At least seven churches have been damaged or destroyed due to deliberate shelling by soldiers.

Iain Taylor

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A Gospel Baptist church building, the pastor’s house and nine other homes were attached in Matupi, Chin State, as well as elsewhere

The deliberate targeting of churches and pastors comes amid a growing humanitarian disaster in the conflict-ridden country’s border regions and escalating clashes between the junta – which seized power in a February coup – and ad hoc guerrilla groups and long-standing ethnic armies.