Burma Partnership, Strengthening Cooperation for a Free Burma
Signup Now!
Join our mailing list for latest news and information about Burma.

Kachin Catholics Gather and Pray for a Halt to the Irrawaddy Dam Project

Originally appeared in Kachin News Group

February 11, 2010

Hundreds of ethnic Kachin Roman Catholic Church followers gathered today at the construction site of the hydropower project on the Irrawaddy River, in Burma’s northern Kachin State, on the annual Feast of the historic Virgin Mary Grotto and prayed that the project would be stopped, local devotees said.

The prayer service was held in the Kachin Roman Catholic Church called, Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, in Tang Hpre village, the construction site of hydropower project, 27 miles north of Kachin State’s capital Myitkyina.

Church members gathered at the Mary Grotto and prayed the rosary to Almighty God, through Mother Mary, for the stopping of the construction of two huge dams at the meeting of the Mali and N’Mai rivers at the confluence called Mali-N’Mai Zup in Kachin and Myitsone in Burmese, they told the Kachin News Group.

Participants from villages around the Myitkyina Township, Waingmaw (or Wai Maw) Township, Bhamo Township and Hukawng Valley joined in the feast of Tang Hpre Virgin Mary Grotto, according to local sources.

Tang Hpre village is one of historic places for spreading the Roman Catholic missions to convert Kachin people from traditional animism. The church and the Virgin Mary Grotto have been there since 1957 and are the earliest buildings used by the Kachin Roman Catholic Church in Kachin State.

Roman Catholics make up the second largest denomination in Kachin State, which is over 85 per cent Christian, according to the Kachin Independence Organization.

View the original article here.

Tags: , ,

This post is in: Business and Human Rights, Environmental and Economic Justice

Related Posts
Development for Whom?
Shan groups to Burma’s government: The Salween River is not for sale
Concerns about the Naung Pha dam on the Salween River
Balancing Human Rights and Environmental Protection with Diplomacy and Investment
Statement of concern regarding launch of IFC’s Hydropower Developers’ Working Group for Myanmar