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    » 09/30/2008, 00.00


    Anti-Christian violence getting worse

    Since 24 August when the pogrom began 59 Christians have been killed, 18,000 injured, 177 churches destroyed or damaged, 4,300 homes set on fire, and 13 schools and colleges laid waste.
    New Delhi (AsiaNews) – From 24 August to 29 September a violent anti-Christian campaign has killed 59 Christians, destroyed or damaged 177 churches, set fire to 4,300 homes, laid waste 13 schools and colleges, created 50,000 refugees and injured 18,000 people. Catholic activist and All India Christian Chairman Council John Dayal provided AsiaNews with the data.

    The pogrom broke out first in Orissa state after the death of radical Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and then spread to other Indian states.

    Here are figures per state provided by the All India Christian Council:


    14 districts affected; 300 villages destroyed; 4,300 houses burnt; 50,000 homeless; 57 people murdered; 10 Fathers/Pastors/nuns injured; 2 women gang-raped; 18,000 men, women and children injured; 149 churches as well as 13 schools and colleges destroyed.


    4 districts devastated; 19 churches attacked; 20 nuns and women injured.


    3 churches damaged.


    4 churches damaged.


    1 church destroyed; attempts made against 4 other.


    1 church attacked.


    Two people, an old priest and employee, murdered.

    (Photo: Indian Catholic)

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    09/01/2009 INDIA
    Orissa: four months after anti-Christian pogroms the situation remains bleak
    Conditions in refugee camps and in the forests are pitiful. There are no guarantees that violence will not flare up again once federal police units leave the area. As new groups emerge pledging more violence against Christians, the justice system is failing to perform its tasks. And mass media are fuelling tensions by their one-sided, partisan coverage. John Dayal, president of the All India Christian Council and the United Christian Forum for Human Rights, gives a run-down on the situation.

    13/02/2009 INDIA
    No school for Christian children in Orissa
    Driven far from home, school-age children have practically lost an entire school year as the current one comes to end shortly. Orissa authorities are moving refugees to temporary camps near their home villages, but moving back home is still not yet in the cards. Discrimination and other intimidatory acts continue. As the April elections come closer, tensions is rising.

    29/07/2011 INDIA
    Hindu radical kills Christian who had testified in court in a Kandhamal pogrom-related case
    Michael Digal testified in court in a case connected with the 2008 anti-Christian violence. After purging his sentence, a fundamentalist enticed the victim into a trap and killed him. The Global Council of India Christians calls on the authorities to protect pogrom witnesses.

    01/07/2009 INDIA
    Orissa: first conviction in anti-Christian riots case
    Nine months after the first attacks in Kandhamal district, a court issues a first conviction for one of the people who instigated the violence. Father Chellan, who was among the victims of Hindu fanaticism, wants the authorities to provide witnesses with full protection because they are still under constant threat.

    02/09/2010 INDIA
    Christian leaders: Orissa government still ignores pogrom victims
    Archbishop Cheenath and the president of Orissa Minority Forum demand sentences for perpetrators, compensation for the victims and peace initiatives. The movement creates a youth wing to address community needs. To date there are still 3500 houses to rebuild.

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