Sometimes when I read about Burma, I feel like I'm reading about a time long ago. A time when an army burns villages and rapes and destroys everything in it's path. It is hard to understand, while sitting in my cozy dining room, that this continues today. I can't wrap my head around ethnic cleansing. I can't understand the brutality that exists. I can't fathom millions of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs). I can't understand how a prime minister could be elected by 80% of the vote and be under house arrest since winning, 20 years ago. I can't understand how this could go on for years, and decades, while we just watch.
Chances are, you don't know much about Burma, or Myanmar as the dictatorship calls it. If you have a few minutes this week, I would recommend reading a little about the history of Burma and the relief effort going on there right now. The Global Day of Prayer for Burma was yesterday, you can read about it here.
There is an amazing, truly unbelievable effort going on to aid these IDPs. I wrote about how you can help last year at this time. I highly recommend reading that post. There is a very good family project you can do to directly help the IDPs in Burma. Take a moment and familiarize yourself with Christians Concerned for Burma and the Free Burma Rangers (humanitarian relief teams).
How much did you know about Burma? Would you like to make a care package for the Good Life Clubs in Burma that the Free Burma Rangers bring to the people? Will you pray for the people of Burma and all the refugees in Thailand?