Burmese military targeted a Catholic village several times
The Burmese military, which has governed the country since it staged a coup in February of 2021, has repeatedly targeted churches and other religious buildings throughout the country.
The military has consistently been attacking a historically Catholic village in central Myanmar called Chan Thar. On May 7, twenty houses were burned during a military raid on the village, which is in the Sagaing region.
A local Catholic said it was a sorrowful day as her home as well as those of her uncle, aunt and sister were among the houses burned. “How can I give moral support to the relatives and other villagers?” she asked.
The attack on the Catholic village came amid an escalation in fighting between the military and people’ defense forces (PDFs) in nearby areas.