3 Pastors Among 5,000 Freed from Myanmar Prisons, Many More Remain Behind Bars

Three Kachin pastors were among the 5,600 prisoners freed by the Myanmar military government last week.

Pastors Koshan Singsar, Z Kaw Htinah and M Hawng Di were arrested in March while in the Naungmoon township of Putao district and later charged with organizing prayers for peace, Barnabas Aid reports.

The pastors, who are from the Kachin Baptist Convention, were released on October 18 while awaiting trial for their role during the Feb. 1 protests against the coup. They received amnesty from military chief Min Aung Hlaing to mark the Lightning Festival “out of respect for the humanitarian cause.”

This festival takes place on the full moon of Thadingyut in October marking the end of Buddhist Lent.

Many were concerned over the pastors’ health, particularly 70-year-old Hawng Di who suffers from high blood pressure and stomach issues.

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Source: CBN