USA (MNN) — For the past forty years, Burma's ethnic people have run with fear into the surrounding jungles to escape from military junta. The people have plenty of reason to fear, as rape, murder, forced labor, destruction of food resources and villages, and torture are among some of the regular crimes committed by the junta.
On August 25, people halfway across the world will run for a different reason.
Participants in Partners Relief & Development Run for Relief 5K will run to bring Christ's hope and support to Burma's ethnic people in hiding. Taking place in Aurora, Colorado, proceeds from the third annual fun-run will help buy food, medicine, and survival supplies for Burma's people in hiding.
Known for its engagement in a civil war lasting nearly 50 years, Burma has an unspeakable human rights record. Along with forcible relocation and forced labor–including child soldiers, Burma's military junta is known for committing crimes of rape, destruction of food resources, and murder against the native people of Burma. Targeted by the military government, thousands of Burma's ethnic people have been displaced within the isolated nation or have been forced to flee to refugee camps in neighboring nations.
Although some significant changes and reform have begun to take place in Burma, the war and oppression are far from over. To help support the mission of Partners and bring aid to Burma's ethnic people, click here. You can find more details about the race, including a history of the event, and even register to run by clicking here.