Over the past 60 years in Burma (now called Myanmar), every ethnic state has had a resistance movement to respond to the oppression from the central government. Today, there is a ceasefire and a call to ratify the ceasefire with the central government. There are risks to any agreement, but there is hope for peace in a country that has known war for far too long. There is hope for new beginnings and fresh starts. One villager states, “If we do not run, we can start rebuilding our country.”
CWR partners with the Burma Mobile Health Clinics as they continue to travel to remote villages and administer health care to those in need. They have been met with some new challenges since the ceasefire has taken place. People are feeling freer to travel through the former war zones, leading to more casualties from scattered landmines. They have also been met with continued challenges: severe pneumonia in patients and without the capacity to find the strain, it continues to spread.
Since the fighting has stopped, people are more concerned for the basic health and sanitation because they are now able to remain stationary, more water systems and toilets have been installed.
There is always need, mostly in prayer. Pray that they ceasefire in Myanmar would stay in effect as the country begins to heal and people begin to return to their homes. Pray for the medics as they continue to face different medical cases with limited resources. Pray for the committees tasked with managing a relationship with the government health system, for wisdom, direction, and mutual understanding.