The Karen villages have been under assault and repression, with their villages being shelled, burned and looted. The Karen have been tortured and executed. The women have been raped, and the young men taken as forced laborers. These displaced Karen people wander in the forests and mountains, surviving on fruits, shoots, tubers and leaves.
Simple, unarmed hill-tribes civilians have fled Myanmar (formerly called Burma) to seek refuge in Thailand. More than 100,000 have been struggling to survive war atrocities.
The Karen were evangelized during the period of British colonial rule from 1886 to 1948. The Christian presence has brought them hostility and persecution from a brutal government.
The government tolerates the Buddhist Karens. The Christians who have escaped to Thailand are now experiencing religious persecution there.
Amid the horrors of this war, Christian refugees cling to God and say, ‘God is good enough for us.”
Compassion Radio has been able to provide supplies and Bibles to this refugee area. While there, we were able to visit not only their village and church, but their Bible School for young people. They sang a beautiful version of the Hallelujah Chorus for us.