Join us for the sixth annual Dominican Global Month for Peace.
This year, we pray with and for our Dominican Sisters and Brothers in Myanmar (Burma) in support of their desire for a more just, humane, and democratic future for their country. Please continue to follow the news on the page, for updates and information about the courageous ministry of our Dominican Family in Myanmar.
Rebuilding Devastated Lives in Myanmar
Advent Reflections for the Dominican Family in Myanmar
Read more about how the Dominican Family is supporting the efforts in Myanmar.
A Brief History of Myanmar
Myanmar, also called Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar became a British colony in the 19th century. After a brief Japa-nese occupation, Myanmar was reconquered by the Allies and gained independence in 1948. Following a coup d'état in 1962, it became a military dictator-ship under the Burma Socialist Programme Party .
For most of its independent years, Myanmar has been struggling with ethnic conflicts and its myriad ethnic groups have been involved in one of the world's longest-running ongoing civil wars. In 2011, the military junta was officially dissolved following a 2010 general election, and a nominally civilian government was installed. Along with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and political prisoners, another successful elections was held in 2015 in which the Na-tional League for Democracy won the majority of votes. In the 2020 Myanmar general election, Aung San Suu Kyi's party won the majority in both houses for the second consecutive term.
Before the military staged the coup, Myanmar was heading for a better country. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party was about to take power for the second consecutive term and everyone was in a positive mood and hoped for a brighter future. Just when everything was heading for a change for the better, the Burmese military (Tatmadaw) seized power in a coup d'état on the February 1, 2021 and reversed all the positive changes.
Weeks after the coup, people took to the streets to protest against the takeover of power and demanded to return the power to the democratically-elected government. As the protest gained momentum, the mil-itary could not control it but still refused to submit to the demand of the people. They, then, started to shoot to kill and tortured some to death in order to terrorize the public and bring the protest to an end.
As the military became more and more brutal in their killings, arresting and as there was no sign of their giving in to the demand of the people, the young people decided to take up arms and fight back. Therefore, a number of them fled to the jungle and took military training under the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs). From April 2021, young people began to form themselves into People Defense Force to protect and defend the lives, properties, and livelihoods of the peo-ple. Eventually, these young people, using their home-made guns and traditional hunting guns, fought back the military and soon the fighting spread to the whole country. As time wore on, these young people were able to buy assault rifles and other heavy weapons to combat the junta forces.
Many young people and Ethnic Armed Organizations began to join forces to bring down the dictator-ship by weapons while democratically-elected Members of Parliament formed a government, namely, National Unity Government and is now seeking diplomatic recognition from international communities.
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The Way of the Cross in Myanmar
It may seem counterintuitive to present a Way of the Cross while we are still in the Christmas season. For our Dominican family in Myanmar, and for thousands of Myanmar’s citizens, Christmas has not not put an end to the brutal violence and displacement. With this final post of Dominican Month of Peace, we provide …
“It is not safe anywhere”—Stories from the Dominican Family in Myanmar
On an early December morning in Central Illinois, 100 Dominicans from around the globe were virtually to hear from their Dominican brothers and sisters in Myanmar. By now accustomed to the standard operation of such electronic gatherings, while the speakers addressed the causes of conflict and enumerated the tragedies of displacement, mass executions, and institutional …
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The Power of Education, Spirituality, and Psychological Support In Myanmar
The Impact of COVID on Education Schools were closed in 2020 due to spreading of COVID19. After seizing power, the military junta tried to open schools in 2021 but was not successful because most of the teachers refused to collaborate with them and students didn’t enroll for classes. This year too, though the military government …
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How the Dominicans are Responding in Myanmar
Our Response to the Humanitarian Crisis With the donation received from the different communities of our Province and from the friends of the Friars both local and foreign, we, Myanmar Dominicans, have been able to respond to the humanitarian crisis under the following categories since 2022. Food Relief Since March 2021, Fr. Paul Aung Myint …
What Does it Mean to Live in Myanmar Now?
As a result of the fast spreading of civil war, the civilians had to flee for safety either to the jungle or to other villages or towns considered safer. In the conflict zones, the military forces would shoot anyone found in the streets and arrest anyone caught delivering food supplies to the displaced people. Many …
Who are the Dominicans that are in Myanmar?
FRIARS Myanmar is a country located in the western portion of mainland Southeast Asia, with a population of 53 million persons. It was formerly called Burma, has an ancient Buddhist tradition and contains many small ethnics groups. The Catholic population is less than 4%, or around 2 million persons. The presence of the Province of …
Month for Peace Webinar on Myanmar scheduled Dec. 3 at 7:30 a.m.
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Dominican Month of Peace: Our Family in Myanmar
The Humanitarian Situation in Myanmar As a result of the fast spreading of civil war, the civilians had to flee for safety either to the jungle or to other villages or towns where they considered safer. In the conflict zones, the military forces would shoot anyone found in the streets and arrest anyone caught delivering …
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Dominican Global Months for Peace 2017-Present
2017: Solidarity with Dominicans promoting the national Peace Accord in Colombia.
2018: Support for our Dominican brothers and sisters struggling for democracy and peace through credible elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2019: Support for our Dominican brothers and sisters in India working alongside abused and violated children, women, and indigenous people in their yearnings for peace and recognition.
2020: Support for our Dominican Sisters and Brothers in Ukraine in recognition of their work for peace and reconciliation and their commitment to assisting children traumatized by war.
2021: Support for the Dominican Family in Venezuela, where for more than two decades it people have been going through the greatest political, social and economic crisis in its history.
2022: Support for the Dominican Family n Myanmar, where a coup in February 2021, unraveled hard won efforts at democratization.