17 Bible Students Who Were Forcefully Recruited Into Ethnic Myanmar Army Escape

A pastor has revealed that 17 Bible students managed to escape an ethnic minority army in Mynamar, but they have not been fed for days and are suffering health problems.

A pastor identified as Rev. Lazarus, general secretary of the Lahu Baptist Convention in Kyaing Tong, told UCAnews.com that the 17 male students fled the United Wa State Army in the Wa hills near Myanmar’s border with China in groups of two or three, with the last arriving to safety on Monday.

“Some them did not have food for several days. Some are suffering health problems and some now have psychological problems,” the pastor said.

“They can’t go back to their homes in the Wa hills, so we are arranging them to continue attending Bible school elsewhere,” he added.

Twenty-four Christians who were forcefully recruited by the army remain at the Wa headquarters, including 20 females.

The Bible students were taken earlier this year from Mong Pawk township, where 52 churches were shut down and over 90 Christian leaders were arrested, part of the region’s crackdown on Christianity.

The UWSA has declared that only local churches built between 1989 and 1992 are legal, and has banned the teaching of religion in schools.

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Source: Christian Post