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Kachin Christians in Myanmar face injury or death from above and below


17 July 2018

Kachin Christians are still fleeing attacks by the Myanmar (Burmese) Army and face the dual deadly threats of landmines and shelling.

A Christian Kachin child being treated for shrapnel injury
A Christian Kachin child being treated for shrapnel injury

Barnabas Fund has learned in recent days of a number of Kachin Christians who have been wounded by shrapnel from munitions fired by the Myanmar Army, while project partners have confirmed reports that antipersonnel landmines are being sown indiscriminately in civilian areas in northern Myanmar.

Barnabas Fund is covering the cost of treatment for wounded Kachin Christians.

Anti personnel mine
Anti personnel mine

Tens of thousands of Kachin have been displaced since the start of 2018, when the military stepped up its campaign in northern Myanmar against what it claims are Kachin separatist groups. In June, a Sky News correspondent stated that the Myanmar Army was waging a “genocidal campaign” against the mainly-Christian Kachin, which the UK government admitted in Parliament was “very troubling”, with the Minister stating, “We have certainly seen ethnic cleansing [by the Myanmar Army] taking place.”

Barnabas Fund is continuing to deliver emergency aid to displaced Christians, including rice, clothes and tarpaulins for shelter.

A Kachin Christian child, scarred and nearly blinded by shrapnel
A Kachin Christian child, scarred and nearly blinded by shrapnel