As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Leader: President Htin Kyaw
Population: 54.4 million (4.4 million Christians)
Main Religion: Buddhism
Government: Unitary constitutional republic
World Watch List Rank: 23
Source of Persecution: Religious nationalism
Myanmar's first fair elections for decades took place in November 2015, seeing the opposition party win a landslide victory, but already violence against Christians has risen.
The Burmese army is influential in Myanmar's politics; Buddhist nationalists are known to attack Christian communities which are seen as a threat to Burmese-Buddhist heritage. Ethnic minority groups to which many Christians belong, such as the Rohingyas, also experience attacks from the army and radical Buddhists. Buddhist-background believers and Muslim-background believers face being shunned by their communities.
- Thank God that the largely free and fair elections of 2015 saw the Buddhist extremist-backed party defeated
- That the new government will protect Christians and reverse the August 2015 bill that announced restrictions on religious conversion and interfaith marriages
- For the protection of Christians belonging to the Muslim-majority Rohingya people caught up in South East Asia's refugee crisis.
Open Doors in Action:
Through local partners and churches, Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Myanmar through:
- Literature distribution
- Discipleship programmes
- Pastoral and leadership training
- Livelihood support.