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Myanmar

Myanmar

World Watch List Rank 18
World Watch List Score 74/100
Leader President U Win Myint
Population 54,808,000 | 4,362,000 Christians
Main Religion Buddhism
WWL Rank in 2020 19
Persecution Level Very High Persecution

Religious nationalism is especially strong and drives much of the persecution of Christians. There is an increasing emphasis on Buddhism, to the exclusion of all other religions. 
 
Converts often face persecution from their families and communities for “betraying the system of belief they grew up in. Communities who aim to stay “Buddhist only” make life for Christian families impossible by not allowing them to use community resources such as water. Churches have been attacked, and in some instances, Buddhist monks have invaded church compounds and built Buddhist shrines inside.  
 
Myanmar is the scene of the longest civil war in the world, which began in 1948. More than 100,000 Christians live in Internal Displacement Camps (IDPs) and humanitarian access to them is blocked

What changed this year?

Myanmar has jumped one place from last year, reflecting the ongoing severe persecution facing many Christians. Converts continue to encounter tremendous hostility from family and the local community, while believers remain caught up in the fighting plaguing the states of Kachin, Shan and Karen, all of which have a significant Christian population, as well as predominantly Christian Chin State.

HOW WE HELP

Working with local partners, Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Myanmar through literature distribution, discipleship and leadership programs, livelihood support, family and marriage enrichment, and children and youth training.  

PRAY FOR MYANMAR

  • Pray for those who have left Buddhism to follow Jesus – that God will strengthen, encourage and protect them.
  • Ask that all believers in Myanmar will receive and enjoy fruitful fellowship with other Christians. 
  • Pray that the Lord will intervene and bring a peaceful resolution to the ongoing civil war. 
Pray for Myanmar

RECENT STORIES FROM Myanmar

Updates from Churches in Southeast Asia

14th Jun 2021

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The Church in Southeast Asia continues to endure persecution. An attack in Myanmar has left believers shaken and grieving, while in Vietnam Christians are accused…

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The Crisis Continues in Myanmar

29th Apr 2021

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Following February's military coup, Myanmar's Christians have been sharing with Open Doors partners how they are living in constant fear. With the internet shut down, communications from the…

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Myanmar update: "Thank you for standing with us."

07th Apr 2021

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Soldiers hunting down and shooting protesters. An online shutdown. Up to two years before the military will allow new elections. Such is the situation in…

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Myanmar unrest continues, violence escalates

05th Mar 2021

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At least 38 people died on March 3, in Myanmar’s bloodiest day since the military takeover. One month into the new government, a total of…

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How the coup in Myanmar is affecting Christians

03rd Mar 2021

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Myanmar recently underwent a military coup d'etat. In recent weeks there have been protests and eruption of violence. In this episode, we'll talk about how…

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An Update on Myanmar

23rd Feb 2021

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Last week, believers in Myanmar took part in civil demonstrations and intensified prayer campaigns, both online and offline. The nation has seen the military retaliate…

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Protests Continue in Myanmar

08th Feb 2021

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After the military takeover of the government of Myanmar, tensions have been rising. Over the weekend of February 6-7, the Burmese public have taken their…

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Danger for Christians in Myanmar

01st Feb 2021

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On February 1, Myanmar’s military detained re-elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup de tat on over alleged election fraud. With this new…

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Minority Christians in Buddhist Myanmar

21st Oct 2020

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 Many people associate Myanmar with the Rohingya Refugee Crisis. But the Christian minority in Myanmar is also heavily persecuted. Listen in to hear about…

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Providing COVID Relief in Myanmar

08th Oct 2020

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A young boy ran and took his ration of rice with happiness. Excited, he barely paused in his run home when the local pastor and…

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"They attacked us but we did not die."

21st Jul 2020

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First you see the motorbikes. Brown and dusty, piled on top of each other. Then a man passes a loose electrical cord hanging from the roof. He…

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Myanmar: Young Christians give up jobs to help fight COVID-19

30th Jun 2020

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Young volunteers in Myanmar have responded to an appeal by the National Youth Commission, inviting them to become part of helping their country in the…

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