Myanmar’s military junta occupied a Catholic Church in the Shan state, laying land mines around it, according to reports.
According to The Christian Post, the junta occupied the Mother of God church for a few days before vacating the church in the area formerly known as Burma. The southeast Asian country has been at war since 1948.
Local defense forces posted a video on social media that showed the church floors were dirty and the pews dusty during the military occupation.
The church isn’t the first to undergo damage in the fighting. Previously, at least six other parishes in the Pekhon diocese have been abandoned, and the Sacred Heart Cathedral has been repeatedly attacked and damaged in the ongoing fighting.
“At a time when the world has overwhelmingly banned these inherently indiscriminate weapons, the military has placed them in people’s yards, homes, and even stairwells, as well as around a church,” said Matt Wells, Amnesty International’s crisis response deputy…