07/17/2022 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – The non-governmental organization, Refugees International, recently reported of the dire need for humanitarian assistance in conflict-ridden Myanmar.
The military junta’s seizure of the Myanmar government last February has led to increased violence against civilians. Impacted areas include the southeastern states of Kayah and Karen, where there is a considerable number of Christians, and the predominantly Christian-occupied northwestern state of Chin.
According to UCA News, violence in Kayah state has led to widespread displacement, children hiding in caves and trenches, and constant fear of air raids.
Refugees International reports that civilians lack basic necessities as the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) limits humanitarian assistance. Neighboring countries such as Thailand highlight blockage of roads and tough terrain as reasons for restricting cross-border aid.
To overcome these issues, Refugees International demands that neighboring countries step up their efforts to help victims. The NGO demands that international organizations and countries such as the United Nations and US assist and grant refugee status to those fleeing the country.
The NGO’s demands come shortly after the visit of US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, to Thailand. During his trip, Mr. Blinken demanded China and other nearby countries to put pressure on Myanmar to democratize and be held responsible for its inhumane actions against civilians.
Currently, over 14 million people need humanitarian aid in Myanmar. Please pray that civilians in Myanmar can freely receive assistance.