As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Printable sheet with key facts, figures, information and prayer points. Useful for your church noticeboard or prayer group.
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.