7,000 Christians Forced to Flee Their Homes in 'Slow Genocide'

(REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

Escalating violence in Myanmar has left almost 7,000 Christians without homes. Beginning in April, a renewed wave of fighting between the northern state rebel militants the "Kachin Independence Army" (KIA) and government forces has driven scores of families from their homes.

Though the war in Myanmar has become heavily associated with the Rohingya crisis, there are also thousands of Christians suffering in the northern regions as a result of the ongoing civil conflict. Shockingly, the area continues to be overlooked by most of the mainstream international media.

Despite the marked lack of publicity surrounding the plight of Christians in Myanmar, the situation in Kachin State has become so severe that the UN has finally started to take notice. "What we are seeing in Kachin state over the past few weeks is wholly unacceptable, and must stop immediately," Yanghee Lee, the U.N.'s human rights expert for Myanmar, said last week, according to The Guardian. "Innocent civilians are being killed and injured, and hundreds of families are now fleeing for their lives."

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