Cambodia Why Must You Persecute Me?

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Dear Friends,

Below you will find a report that has to do with an ongoing situation here in Cambodia. Because of the current political situation this story is not known to most Khmer. Several foreigners have been arrested attempting to reach these refugees that are hiding in the northeastern jungles of Cambodia. Thank you for your prayers on their behalf.

In His Bonds,
Daren


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Editorial

Cambodia Why
Must You Persecute Me?

 

BY: Jim Dykstra
DATE: 17
July 2004

 

As
he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching
Damascus, and suddenly a light from Heaven flashed
around him; and he fell to the ground and heard
a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why
are you persecuting me?
” (Acts
9:3-4) NASB

 

There is a word
of the Lord that the leadership of the nation
of Cambodia
needs to hear and to understand: “Stop
persecuting the Montagnards that have fled to
your country for protection and safety. Your
responsibility lies not in judging them as to
refugee status nor is it to hunt them down.
God will show no favor to you or your land if
you persist in this manner. It is time to act
in manner consistent with the UN treaties that
you have signed. It is time to show the world
that the value of human life is important to
Cambodia.”

Since April of this year many Montagnards (both
Christian and non-Christian) have been forced
to flee their native homeland in the Central
Highlands of Vietnam.
On Easter Sunday this year (2004) the Montagnards
protested against the lack of religious freedom
and forced removal from their homes. In response
the Vietnamese authorities showed no mercy and
launched a brutal crackdown against them. To
escape the brutality many indigenous Montagnards
fled into the jungles of neighboring Cambodia.

Sources tell us that as many as 250 of these
Montagnards are now in hiding in the jungles
and are at risk due to a lack of food and sickness.
The Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has stated
on the record that there are no Montagnard refugees
in Cambodia and has labeled them
as illegal “economic migrants”.
He has threatened to root them out by force
and send them back to Vietnam. He promised to “break
them” under a deceptive official line
that they are setting up camps to fight for
independence in Vietnam.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on July 7, 2004
that they found 85 Montagnards. In separate
interviews RFA discovered that the refugees
lacked food and drinkable water. They were suffering
from malaria and unexplained fevers and rashes.
The Cambodia Daily photographed and numbered
the refugees at 250. Prime Minister Hun Sen
is making a mockery of reputable news services,
of the Montagnards and of God with his misleading
words.

The international community through the UN and
many NGO groups has also been denied access
to the border areas to verify the truth. The
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) should be the one to determine refugee
status but their attempts to assess the status
of those hiding in the jungle have been stymied
by the Cambodian government. Cambodia
needs to follow the
UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
(1951)
and the additional Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (1967) that it acceded to in 1992.
Cambodia
must not be allowed to regress in those promises
or to test the resolve of humankind to rally
around the suffering Montagnards.

Today Cambodia
has the opportunity to demonstrate to the World
that the “Killing Fields” of the
Pol Pot regime taught Cambodia a lesson that will
never be forgotten. A chance to redeem the negatives
of the past and a demonstration that Cambodia
can function among the civilized nations of
the Earth. In doing so Cambodia
will see that God can pour out a blessing on
a nation that will walk in the “Fear of
the Lord”.

Why do you persecute me says the Lord of hosts?

"Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord,
when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or
thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And
when did we see You a stranger, and invite You
in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see
You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The
King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say
to you, to the extent that you did it to one
of these brothers of Mine, even the least of
them, you did it to Me.
(Matthew 25:37-39)

I would encourage you to take the time to pray
over this situation. Pray that:

  • Jesus would comfort the refugees and continue
    to provide for their needs. Pray for the healing
    of those who are suffering from sickness and
    disease in the jungle.
  • Pray for the safety of these refugees as
    they are in a vulnerable position.
  • Pray that their faith would be strengthened
    through these trials and tribulations.
  • Pray that the authorities would humble themselves
    and follow the God-given responsibility to
    care for the suffering of this world.

I would also encourage you to take action by
contacting your government Foreign Ministry
and the embassies of the Kingdom of Cambodia in your area to protest
the treatment of the Christian Montagnards.
You can directly email the Cambodian Foreign
Ministry at:
[email protected]

For
more information go to:

·  Zenit Report 

·  Radio Free Asia 

·  Unprotected Peoples Report

 

 

Jim Dykstra

COPYRIGHT
Christian Monitor
2004

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"…righteousness and justice are the
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"Brethren, do something; do something,
do something! While societies and
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Daren and Jodi Beck

Author: Daren and Jodi Beck

Daren and Jodi currently serve with ACTION in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Previously Daren served for six years on staff as Missions Pastor at West Hill Community Church in Morgan Hill, California. They arrived in 2003 to serve long term in Cambodia, They are blessed by four children, Mikaela, Kamryn, CJ, and Andrew. They are are very excited about the privilege of serving the Khmer people in the name of Christ!

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