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Catholic teacher killed in Myanmar

Robert Saw Ye Thiha (Photo supplied)

A young and active Catholic teacher, Robert Saw Ye Thiha, in the Diocese of Pathein in the Ayeyarwaddy Region of Myanmar, was killed at his house on October 17. He was 34.

"He is single and loved by many people. He was robbed and stabbed," said a CDM (Civil Disobedience Movement) teacher who does not want to mention her name, according to the Facebook page of those who want to develop Zalun town.

It was also written in the invitation to the funeral service that "Robert Saw Ye Thiha, at the age of 33, has been asleep in Christ. His funeral Mass was celebrated in the parish church of Sacred Heart of Maryland, and his burial was on October 20. All were invited to come to Saw Ye Thiha’s home for a funeral rite.”

Saw Ye Thiha was a young and active Catholic teacher and a member of the education team in the parish. 

Robert Saw Ye Thiha’s funeral service was held at Sacred Heart of Maryland on October 20, 2022. (Photo supplied)

He grew up under the care of his grandparents, aunties, nuns, and priests because his biological parents had separated. 

He was very active in social and religious affairs and was supportive of the church as well.

In addition, he planned to donate his house, where he lived alone, to a religious community, according to his close friend.

"It is a great loss for the church," remarked the priests who are familiar with Saw Ye Thiha.

Saw Ye Thiha did struggle alone for a living and owned a brick house. He was a CDM teacher who resigned from his profession due to the military coup in the country.

According to locals, the educator, Saw Ye Thiha was killed by his former student, who visited him with a friend who did not even know the teacher’s name. The reason for the killing was that the amount of money wanted was not paid. He died at the hospital in his hometown.

The young murderer was arrested immediately after the incident. - Raymond Mahn Kyaw 


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