Last week, five anti-coup activists in Myanmar – four men and one woman – fell from the third story of a building on 44th street in Yangon as the military junta conducted a raid. Eyewitnesses say that the five jumped from the building to escape arrest, interrogation, and torture. They report that soldiers threatened to shoot anyone who approached the survivors as they groaned in pain on the ground. After over two hours, an ambulance arrived to bring them to the hospital, where two were confirmed dead upon arrival. Some locals report that all five had died and that the woman was three months pregnant; junta authorities reportedly said, however, that a few of the injured survived and will be sent to interrogation after treatment. News of the incident soon spread on social media, where many netizens expressed shock and grief at the deaths and vowed to avenge them.
This incident underscores the hopelessness felt by many across Myanmar, especially in the young Generation Z. Half of Myanmar’s population is under 30. Youth who grew up under civilian rule have been on the forefront of resisting the coup, believing that by fighting for democracy they fought for their future. As the situation worsens in Myanmar, a growing number are turning to armed resistance; others, however, are succumbing to the bleakness of their situation. A local believer recently reported that many Christian youth have been dropping out of Bible school, posting on Facebook that they have no job, no savings, and no future. One Christian youth wrote, “Nobody knows the storm of tears flooding on my pillow.” A few days later, he passed away from COVID.
- Pray that God would pour His hope into the hearts of Myanmar’s people and lift their eyes to Him.
- Pray that Christian youth in Myanmar would know that the Lord sees their tears and that He is not far from them.