Myanmar Christians fight for peace
Angel Lamung had been in the limelight since his teenage years. In Myanmar, she won beauty contests, appeared in commercials, acted in films and sang pop songs.
But last year, when news anchors read his name on the nightly show and the state newspaper printed his picture alongside other popular celebrities, the coverage was different.
The government had put her on a wanted list.
After the military overthrew democratically elected leaders in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in a February 2021 coup, the then 23-year-old Christian was among the crowd that took to the streets and onto social networks in protest. It changed his career forever.
The new regime responded quickly with an escalation of violence to suppress protesters and harsh criminal penalties for those who expressed opposition, especially public figures. Lamung was among 20 celebrities charged under a new law banning dissidents. By the United Nations’ count1,500 people were killed in protests and more than 10,000 were “illegally detained” in the first year after the coup.
Lamung managed to escape last spring, fleeing to the United States as a refugee. From the safety of a spare bedroom in a family friend’s house on the east coast, she raises funds for humanitarian aid and speaks out in support of the largest civil disobedience movement in the world. Myanmar history.
“I would rather leave everything I love than give in to dictatorship,” Lamung remarked in a clip on his YouTube channel.
Back in Myanmar, the government froze Lamung’s bank accounts and she faces arrest if she returns. His friends and fellow activists are sending dispatches from the Thai and Indian borders, where they are waiting to flee to safety,…
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