On 8 September 2021 the Congregational Leadership Team (CLT) circulated a Flash News message asking prayerful support for the people of Myanmar at this time. Members of the CLT have been in ongoing communication with Sr. Rebecca Kay, the Province Leader, who is ensuring the safety and well-being of all the sisters and program participants. They are also reaching out to the people in whatever way they can. The plight of the people is indeed challenging as they continue to face the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
This Statement was initiated by the Jesuit Refugee Service. It begins: "We, Faith-Based communities from around the world, declare our common commitment to stand with the suffering people of Myanmar and call on the country’s military to stop the violence, respect the sanctity of all human life, and work towards a just and lasting peace throughout the country based upon the will of the people."
Full Statement click here - Joint Inter-Faith statement on the crisis in Myanmar
We want to show our unity with the people. We are in total harmony, we share the same concerns, worries and fears. We don't want to be under the junta, we want a safe life.
In Myanmar last year, due to COVID, the country got poorer. The communities we serve already have many difficulties. Now with a coup d'état and tensions arising, we cannot imagine how much worse the situation of poor people will be.
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd have a mission in society. Under the new democratic government, its social works are registered as a foundation. We work with many women, with non-profit organisations, with foundations.
Unfortunately, the future of our nation is dark. We cannot go out, we have restrictions, and we cannot work with the people. As citizens, we stand with our people and for our mission to those who experience poverty and need; to women, girls, children; to the most vulnerable. It is unbearable to see our people suffer, lose hope, overwhelmed by fear.
What is happening violates the laws of the country, it violates our human rights and our dignity. It is a great blow to democracy and development, which began to take hold in the country over the past five years.
What is happening violates our freedom of expression, our free vote that we cast three months ago, the right to choose our new democratic government, our leaders.
We want all the people of Myanmar, of all religions, races and ethnicities, to enjoy the same rights and democracy. We all want development for the whole country, as we have seen over the past 10 years.
Religious leaders, Brothers, Sisters, priests, the Bishop of Mandalay have expressed their solidarity with the people. We will do this today and always, in the name of the Church's social doctrine, as well as our mission and in accord with the message of Pope Francis in Laudato si”.
(Extract from the AsiaNews article 9 February 2021)
Click here - Article 9 February 2021 AsiaNews
The article on this site is authorised by the province leader of East Asia.