The military tore down over 3,000 houses, forcing about 10,000 civilians into homeless with only two days’ notice in TarWah New Ward (Sanpya Village), Thanlyin, Yangon division. The families settled here legally with the Smart Card issued by the previous civilian NLD government. (10) soldiers with over (20) people who were dressed as civilians came and dismantled the settlements with two Bulldozers. They also beat and arrested the villagers who were recording the tragic scenes with their mobile phones. The military has been destroying many Smart Card (legal) settlements across Yangon, Mandalay, Mon State and Sagaing Division providing only a short notice and no explanations as to why.
Moreover, last week, during the four days-fightings between People’s Defense Forces and the Military in Moe Bye township, many of the Military soldiers were killed and arrested by the People’s Defense Forces. Then, the Military shot with heavy weaponry and destroyed roughly 100 civilian houses adding more refugees to existing IDPs. The local news reported there are severe food and medicine shortages among the refugee families in this region. These recent incidents have forced thousands of families into homelessness overnight.
For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
Hebrews 13:14 (NIV)
Let’s pray for the families whose homes were destroyed that they will find a new and better place to settle, a place to make new homes in safety and peace.
Pray that the people will understand that even though their earthly home is temporary, but their home in Heaven is eternal, a place where there will be no sorrow, injustice and pain.
Pray for the refugee families in the region that God will provide their needs through miraculous ways like Jesus fed the multitudes with a few loaves and fishes.