Fears of Civil War Grow in Myanmar; Believers Persevere

Myanmar Now Urban monks, health and education staff, and university students march in anti-dictatorship protest in Amarapura, Mandalay on March 12. (Photo courtesy of Prachatai/Flickr/CC2.0)

Civil war threats loom large in Myanmar. This weekend’s military crackdown on civilian protestors led to the highest death toll since the February 1 coup.

The U.S. cut all trade agreements with Myanmar over the bloodshed. Meanwhile, protestors and armed ethnic groups called for unity against the military junta.

Neither side is backing down, putting believers on edge. “The recalcitrance on both sides have led [my contacts] to firmly believe this looks like it’s heading to civil war,” Joe Handley of Asian Access says.

“They’ve begged us, ‘please pray; pray that this situation does not occur.’”

Believers are not alone in their fears. “I’ve probably heard at least three to five reports within the last four days of a deep, deep concern that this [conflict] could lead to a civil war,” Handley notes.

“The protesters are so fervent, so strong [in their resistance to] military rule that they are not giving up. The military has the power and is unlikely to give up its current position. They don’t want the democracy movement that was building for many years to continue.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray for peace and an end to conflict in Myanmar.
  • Ask the Lord to protect believers as they bring hope and physical aid to people in need.