Persecued Christinan’s in Bhutan

The Bhutanese Government has a high value for their ancient culture. Since the foundations of Buddhism in the late 6th century, Bhutan has adopted it as their national religion. There is a saying “To be Bhutanese is to be Buddhist”

There was an ethnic cleansing from 1989-1991 which forced many non Buddhist’s to flee Bhutan, in order to re-establish Buddhism with no threats of other religions. Today about 108,000 of these stateless Bhutanese are living in seven refugee camps in Nepal. Using Ethnicity to exile those with a different belief system.

There were as few as 10 known believers in Bhutan in 1999, but as Bhutan’s Government has resisted, and persecuted Christians to prevent their growth the number of known Christians has rapidly multiplied.

Christians began meeting in secret to avoid these persecutions. Many I talked with shared about how their passports were taken away, water to their home was shut off, children were not allowed to attend school, and I even heard stories of  homes being burned down.

 

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