“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
On the final day of Thingyan, a coalition of pro-democracy forces joined forces to announce a new “National Unity Government” (NUG) in opposition to the Tatmadaw’s military regime. Composed of deposed civilian leaders, the anti-coup protest movement, and some ethnic armed groups from Myanmar’s borderlands, the NUG sees itself as the legitimate authority in Myanmar chosen by the people, not the military junta. As the NUG opens the possibility of ethnic groups uniting in an unprecedented way, it raises a key question for Myanmar’s future: Is this new unity held together by a mutual commitment to one another’s well-being, or only shared hatred for the Tatmadaw? If the military is removed one day, will this unity hold together?
1. Pray against hatred, bitterness, and a desire for vengeance in the hearts of all ethnic groups that have been oppressed by the Tatmadaw.
2. Pray for enduring unity between ethnic groups in Myanmar, held together not by hatred but mutual understanding and true compassion for one’s neighbors.