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Region Asia
Christian population 4 479 000 (8%)
Main religion Buddhism
Main threats • Dictatorial paranoia
• Religious nationalism
• Ethno-religious hostility

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Myanmar remains mired in a violent conflict that is having a devastating impact on the country’s Christian minority.

Since the military coup in February 2021, Christians have encountered greater violence and tighter restrictions. Believers have been killed and churches have been indiscriminately attacked. More Christians than ever have been driven out of their homes and have found refuge in churches or IDP camps. Some are even forced to flee to the jungle where they are often deprived of access to food and health care.

Government forces have continued to disproportionally attack Christian villages and churches and also killed Christian aid workers and pastors, often in aerial attacks. Beyond the conflict, converts to Christianity find themselves persecuted by their Buddhist, Muslim or tribal families and communities because they have left their former faith.

Non-traditional church groups experience opposition, too, especially those located in rural areas and those who are known for their evangelistic activities.

Meet Ko Aung

“God taught me through His Word that all things happen for good. Since I’ve experienced persecution, I can now better understand the pain experienced by Christians suffering for their faith.”

Ko Aung (name changed), who has been forced to flee Myanmar because of intrusive surveillance by the authorities.

What does Open Doors do to help?

Working through local partners, Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Myanmar through literature distribution, discipleship and leadership programmes, livelihood support, and youth, children and family ministries.

Please pray

  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort, sustain and empower believers amid the ongoing conflict.
  • Pray for the protection of churches and Christians and wisdom as they respond to challenges.
  • Pray that the ruling military will do more to bring justice and freedom for all.

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