There are many ways that Christians can be persecuted -- losing friends, losing jobs, losing access to services, etc. But then there is the most reprehensible way of attacking a family:
Burmese troops gang raped and tortured a grandmother in a church in the latest reported case of abuse by Burma's military against the predominantly Christian Kachin minority, Christian rights activists said Monday, May 21.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an advocacy group investigating the attacks in Burma, told BosNewsLife that the grandmother of 12 was sheltering on May 1 alone in a church after other villagers had fled the country's northernmost Kachin State near the border with China.
"Burma Army troops entered the church where they beat her with rifle butts, stabbed her with knives, stripped her naked and gang-raped her over a period of three days," CSW said.
On May 4, she was taken to hospital by villagers and reunited with her children "however she is now suffering from mental health problems," the group added in a statement.
She is not alone, and another indignity that the victims share is a blind eye by the government, which never charges the perpetrators.
CSW’s East Asia Team Leader Benedict Rogers said it was "an appalling case" and shows that "despite all the signs of change in other parts of the country, crimes against humanity continue to be perpetrated by the Burma Army against ethnic nationalities, particularly the [predominantly Christian] Kachin."
President Thein Sein has made clear he wants a ceasefire with different ethnic groups demanding more rights. However "if the reform process is to really mean true change for Burma, the military must stop raping, torturing, enslaving and killing civilians," argued Rogers.
Our prayers go out to all suffering from injustice. May this woman and her family, in particular, feel the consolations of the Holy Spirit.