What We Feel on the Eve of the One-Year Anniversary of the Military Coup

By Joseph Thang Ki

We are very worried because the suffering of the people even after one year after the military coup is growing enormously. The lives of our people is like walking the path of suffering. It was transformed from a beautiful garden of Eden into a Calvary massacre. Some Church leaders are with the people and trying to provide humanitarian assistance as well as urging all parties concerned to follow the path of peace and reconciliation but Majority of Church leaders still remain silent and that’s why the faithful in Myanmar are not very much satisfied with them and are questioning the stand of Catholic Church Leaders on the suffering people of Myanmar.

Actually we are in an unacceptable situation. People’s lives have been devastated by intense conflict and devastation. Towns, Villages and houses are often burnt down by the military. According to the World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) the number of refugees has risen to 300,000 and that around a million innocent people are finding it difficult to get even the basic needs such as food because the whole country is really at war.

Even the Churches were bombed and destroyed. The number of refugees in the Christian- majority areas such as Chin state and Kaya state and some regions of Mandalay and Sagaing has also increased significantly. The people of Myanmar are going through a life of destruction as all unjust violence is happening day to day.

Solidarity With the Students and civilian leaders of Myanmar

Solidarity With the Students and civilian leaders of Myanmar

Solidarity Statement by International Teams of IMCS Pax Romana and ICMICA Pax Romana

It is with a great sense of duty and concern that we the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs and the International Movement of Catholic Students condemn in strongest terms the recent attacks on due process, justice and democracy in Myanmar.

Eleven years ago, the nation moved from military rule to democracy after ruling the country for decades. On early hours of Monday, 1st February, 2021 the military organized coup took place and the elected leaders of the people, especially the top echelon of the NLD leadership have been arrested and Aung San Suu Kyi taken to unknown locations for detention, under unsubstantiated charge of the violation of the country’s import-export laws.

It is important to alert the military that the world is watching most especially the young people of Myanmar whose future and destiny they are toying with.

We strongly advocate for a round table dialogue between the military high ranking officials, led by the commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, and the Civilian Leaders, to return power to the civilian leaders and call on the Civilian Leaders to address the concerns of the military if any.

We appeal to the students, youth and women of Myanmar to maintain peace and harmony as their plight is a global concern and we won’t rest until normalcy returns to Myanmar.

We call on the international community to intervene in this constitutional violation of the rights of democratically elected leaders so that participatory democracy is returned to the people of Myanmar.

International Teams of IMCS Pax Romana and ICMICA Pax Romana

Situation amidst the Military Coup in Myanmar

Situation amidst the Military Coup in Myanmar

by Robert Mang, Lay Mission Institute, Myanmar

Greeting from Myanmar, I wish that everyone is in good health. You may know what is going on and taking place in our country. It is very hard to accept and live under the control of military coup.

The military has retained our leaders, Aung San Suu Kyi (State Counsellor), U Win Myint (President) and others who are working in special department since 1st February 2021. They did not recognize and accept the results of the election held in 8th November 2020. Due to that event, they have taken the power from our elected government and arrested all who are in government. As soon as they have taken such power, the internet was shut down, the people are filled with anxieties and all happiness are gone. We, people of Myanmar, did not accept the military coup at all. That is why, we are on strike in order to get Democracy back as soon as possible from the military. Another crooked move that the military performed on 12 February is that they released many criminal prisoners and asked them to rob, burn houses and make all sorts of threats and riot across Myanmar.

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In response to this, concerned about our safety and security and losing a sense of purpose for our future because of the military coup, every night at 8 p.m., we drum all sorts of instruments as a means of self-protection and alarming of the thieves, casting out of the evil spirit of those unjustly national power takers. Moreover, every night, we form ourselves watchmen for our own wards to protect our homes and our people from thieves, policemen and military because they go around at night and arrest leaders of demonstration and those involved in CDM (civil disobedience movement). The current situation is very serious and getting dangerous day by day. The People of Myanmar are in danger of death during the demonstrations because the police are using deadly weapons there. Up until now, many demonstrators have been arrested, around 16 demonstrators killed, some are already homeless due to the burning their houses from the military and many more are wounded and undergoing serious medical care.

In conclusion, we are helpless, insecure and no future anywhere. Let your voices be heard to others who haven’t known yet and support us with your powerful prayer.