On December 24th in Kayah State, a region in which 46% of the population are believers, prayer meetings were canceled, rumors spread that the military had killed civilians, and villagers prepared to flee the area. On Christmas day, the rumors were confirmed: 7 cars of over 30 men, women, children, elderly, and two humanitarian workers were shot and burned by the military. Military-backed news outlets state that these cars were full of armed terrorists who refused to stop, fired on military personnel, and were therefore “arrested dead.” The Karenni National Defense Force rejects the story; they state the people in these vehicles were not their members, but internally displaced people fleeing violence.
“Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.” ~Psalm 5:1-4
Pray comfort for the families and friends of the victims. Pray that believers would turn and lift their cries to our just God.