Two Youth Pastors Beaten by Myanmar Militia While Trying to Protect Christian Homes from Being Destroyed

Christians in Myanmar in this undated photo.

Two youth pastors were beaten and bloodied at the hands of the Myanmar militia while trying to protect Christian homes from being destroyed.

Morning Star News reported that the two youth pastors, members of the Kachin Baptist Convention, were kicked and beaten with rifles by members of the army-based Border Guard Force on July 31.

The pastors were protesting against the destruction of homes of predominantly Christian Kachin people in Sadon village, Waingmaw Township.

The Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson, secretary of the KBC, identified the two pastors as Mading Zaidan Bawm Ying and Lagyi Naw Awn, revealing that the former’s wife was also beaten.

“His mouth was injured, and blood came out from his mouth as he was punched and hit,” Samson said.

“His face was bruised. His wife was also dragged and beaten by the soldiers.”

He explained that Bawm Ying was taken to a military base, and was held until Aug. 1, before KBC officials managed to negotiate his release.

“We asked the militia’s leaders to make sure that the soldiers don’t use guns to attack civilians in the future. So their leaders promised that they won’t do this again,” he said.

Bawm Ying’s wife, whose first name was not provided, said BGF members destroyed villagers’ fences.

She also said she was “dragged and punched twice in my jaw. They also punched Pastor Lagyi Naw Awn, who came to handle the case. Two soldiers held my husband against the wall, and their leader punched him wholeheartedly. I saw him vomiting blood.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov