KARENNI STATE- The displaced people in Karenni state have been fleeing the war for more than two years, and this Christmas is only briefly celebrated, according to the IDPs.
In addition, there are more restrictions (due to conflicts) this year and there won’t be much carol singing or feasts but will focus mainly on worship/praying.
“A long time ago, we went to one house after another joining the feasts. But now, the given situation is not comfortable at all. The church was built in convenience. We didn’t want to make loud noises and only praying in undertone,” said a woman fleeing the war.
In celebration of Christmas, singing and dancing and a brief decoration of the church will begin on December 25 evening and will be inviting the relevant religious teachers and doing church services and prayers on December 26.
The Military Council troops targeted attacks on the churches and religious buildings in Karenni State and many buildings were destroyed. But the IDPs are spending Christmas and celebrating it briefly (as the yearly festival).