Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Kachin struggle has roots in history
Fides reports take a look at the background of the Kachin peoples' struggles and the current situation in Myanmar.
- July 19, 2011
"The civil war continues in northern Myanmar, with indifference on behalf of international community. The Kachin people suffer a lot and experience a great sense of abandonment," said an unidentified source.
"The situation is getting more and more serious. The refugees are over 20 thousand. The Burmese soldiers do nothing to protect civilians fleeing in terror. All the foreign NGOs are denied to access the area and only the local Caritas is able to help them: in St. Joseph refugee camp, set up by Caritas in Myitkyina, there are over 500 displaced persons in need of everything."
"The big powers which border China and India have strong economic ties and commercial interests with the Burmese junta ... so they close their eyes. China and Russia are also the major supplier of arms to Burma."
In a separate report, Fides delves into the background of the conflict, and of the Kachin people. Further details can be found in the report, linked below.
ASIA/MYANMAR - With regards to the Kachin war "the big powers close their eyes, for economic interests" (Fides)
ASIA/MYANMAR - Autonomy and federal state : how the Burmese government betrayed the Kachin (Fides)