Violence against religious minorities is very common inside Burma. Often such violence comes with rape and murder, which are used as weapons in this den of intolerance to ethnically and religiously cleanse a minority group. As a matter of fact, such crimes against minorities is tolerated and promoted by vast majority of Buddhists in this Buddhist-majority country that is making increasingly a mockery of the teachings of Gautam Buddha. The Rohingya Muslims, who are of Indian stock, closely resembling Bangladeshi and other Indians to the west of the border, from where Buddha himself emerged, are the worst persecuted people in our time simply because of their race, color, ethnicity and religion.
Owing mostly because of the Muslim identity of the Rohingya people, more often than not the powerful western nations have tried to overlook such crimes perpetrated by the Myanmar people against them. Forgotten there is the mere fact that Myanmar does not tolerate anyone outside the Buddhist faith. Most of its current wars against the ethnic minorities owe it to that simple formula - these minorities are not Buddhists. As such, they are targeted for extinction. First came the Rohingya and then others, one at a time.
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In recent days, two young women have been raped and killed in Burma because of their Christian work in a Buddhist village, Christian activists said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Saturday, February 21.
The women, who were serving as volunteer schoolteachers in a village located within Kachin State, had earlier been threatened after evangelism activities, Christians said. Local officials reportedly told them to leave the area because they did not want Christians in the village after they were heard speaking about their faith in Christ.
"Shortly thereafter, the young women were reportedly raped and killed by soldiers" on January 19, said advocacy group Voice Of the Martyrs. Their names were not immediately released. In general BosNewsLife does not publish names of victims of sexual abuse unless already in the public domain or if they decide to come forward.
Despite recent reforms in predominantly-Buddhist Burma, also known as Myanmar, Christians face "increased persecution," according to activists familiar with the situation.
"New believers routinely lose their employment and homes, and many women across the country are at risk of being raped and murdered by members of the military," added VOM, which has close contacts in the region.
It urged supporters to pray for the spread of the Gospel and that the "faithful testimony and witness of these dedicated women will continue to impact the members of this village community, even long after their deaths."
VOM also asked to pray for students "they sacrificially taught" who could be "comforted in the knowledge that these young women are now experiencing life to the fullest with Jesus in heaven."
It was crucial, VOM said, to "intercede for the soldiers who perpetrated this heartless crime, that they will be moved by the Holy Spirit to seek repentance and salvation".