The political unrest is at an all-time high in the country of Myanmar. For the past month, protests emerged in response to the military’s ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It has been an unheard cry for a return of democracy that has been met with violence.
According to CBS News, the protesters took to the streets of Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state. Simply armed with hard hats and homemade shields. In response, the police forces began to swarm around the protesters. This is the moment that Sister Ann Rose Nu Twang, along with two other nuns, courageously pleaded with police to leave.
Sister Ann’s pleads were met with deaf ears as authorities began to shoot at the protesters behind her.
She stated, “The children panicked and ran to the front…I couldn’t do anything but I was praying for God to save and help the children.”
Shortly after she saw a man shot dead in front of her while the sensation of tear gas met her eyes.
This was not Sister Ann’s first brush with the military police. Echoing her most recent actions she made similar peaceful attempts for mercy on February 28th. Unafraid, approached the armed police, falling to her knees and pleading for the halt to the violence.
According to a statement from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, more than 60 people have been killed in anti-coup protests around the country.