Daai Chin refugees from Burma, (L-R) Rose Pam, 10, Sho Hlai Ling, 12, Theing Mana, Pastor Bu Naing Ling, 58, and Shang Phu Lang Thang, 15, from Chin State, pictured outside their apartment block in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
"Mindat is the capital town in the southern part of Chin State, from Mindat to my village, Makuiimnu, takes 3 days and 2 nights walking.
The southern part of Chin State is where Buddhism is spreading and many people are being lured to become Buddhists by the government. If they convert they are promised many things. I became a Christian in 1981 and started preaching the word of God. I traveled to all the villages and preached the gospel to the Chin people and I learned all about these things. I was banned from spreading the word of God and the church that I was building was stopped and I was threatened in many ways. They [ the government] stopped giving me the travel documents to travel around the villages.
I had to report every night to the authorities, whenever I reported to the head of the locals I had to pay them. For me whenever I come across anyone I talk to them about the gospels, I don't care if they are Buddhists, I talk to everyone. Finally I was brought to the head of the town and forced to sign [a document] that I would stop preaching. I just signed this to please them but I kept on distributing leaflets and doing what I'm supposed to do, I'm not a politician and I don't do any politics.
I was an evangelist and I did my best to spread the word of God. Buddhists and Catholics were giving villagers money to convert them, the competition was so intense that the Buddhist monk who was converting people planned to assassinate the Roman Catholic Father in Mindat; the man he paid a lot of money to assassinate the priest tried, but the gun misfired.
Many of the preachers like me are forced to do labour and are interrogated many times and always have to report everywhere they go. This is very common and since I have been in those condit