Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Laos, Vietnam troops kill four Hmong Christians

Agence France-Presse released a story of Laotian and Vietnamese troops killing four Hmong Christian women over the weekend after confiscating their Bible.

The Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA), a U.S. rights group, said the unarmed highland Hmong women were “summarily executed” on Thursday in northeastern Xieng Khouang province by soldiers from a special 150-member unit of the Lao People's Army (LPA) led by Vietnamese secret police and military advisers.

The government troops confiscated the group's only Bible and “brutally and repeatedly raped” at least two of the younger women before shooting them at point blank range with automatic weapons in the head and torso. Their husbands and 26 children were forced to witness the killings and have since disappeared after being beaten and tied up.

CPPA executive director Philip Smith said there has been a “very dramatic” increase in persecution, imprisonment, torture and killing of Lao and Hmong Christians for celebrating Christmas or worshipping independently, as well as independent Buddhist and animist believers in the provinces of Vientiane, Khammoune, Saravan, Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang and other regions in Laos.

Please pray for Laotian and Vietnamese believers who are suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ. Pray for the families of the four women who were recently killed. Pray they would be surrounded and strengthened by the love of Christ. Pray, too, that senseless acts of murder such of these would not dampen the spirits of other believers in the area.

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