Crisis in Myanmar – How Can We Respond?
"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:10
On the morning of February 1st, 2021, the Armed Forces of Myanmar (the Tatmadaw) staged an unlawful Coup after declaring that Democratic elections held in November were fraudulent (a claim which has been widely refuted). The elected members of the country’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) were detained and the military then asserted supreme authority. In the wake of this lawless act, the people of Myanmar have been peacefully protesting through-out the land. Tragically, their protests have been met with extreme violence by military and police forces. To date, over 700 people have been killed and thousands have been arrested and detained (often in night-time raids).
The impact of the unrest upon the majority of the population has been devastating on every front. The Coup has caused the closure of many businesses and therefore caused great economic damage to the country. Further, hospitals are operating at 10% capacity and most schools remain closed. Finally, all remaining sectors of the country’s intrastructure have been essentially shut down, including communications and transportation. In an effort to limit the flow of information to the outside world, the Junta has completely severed internet access. There is now a legitimate fear that this crisis will escalate into a full-blown civil war.
The following news reports provide more detailed information on the present situation:
In the context of this crisis, Asia Heartbeat continues to support our primary ministries in the country, chief among those being the support of orphanages and children’s homes. In addition, we are channeling financial resources to various partners along the Thai-Burmese border who are assisting the thousands of new refugees currently fleeing active war zones along the border.
This is truly a perilous time for Myanmar. Please pray that good will triumph over evil so that the beautiful people of this nation will be able live in a place of peace and liberty. If you would like to help financially, please know that we are committed to getting resources quickly and strategically to those who are in need. Thank-you again for your faithful partnership!