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Activists have blamed the massacre on government soldiers fighting armed resistance opposing the country's military junta
Refugees are enduring extremely unsanitary conditions with just a few toilets for thousands of people
The men were on their way back to their office after working on a humanitarian response when they were caught up in the attack
At least 100 mostly women and children aboard a wooden vessel said to be taking on water were denied refuge
At least five Christian clergymen have been killed and four others are in detention in Myanmar
Reports said state military forces killed at least 35 people and set their bodies on fire along with their vehicles
In a statement released on Monday, December 27, the prelate described the incident as "heart-breaking and horrific atrocity"
Cardinal Bo urged “all people from all walks of life to make extraordinary efforts to bring peace, unity and development to the country”
"Let the message of the manger win over all the darkness. Let the stars of peace shine over this land of great promise."
More than two dozen Myanmar civilians died at the hands of militias supporting and opposing the country’s military rulers by mid-December