» 04/06/2009, 00.00
Orissa: murderer of missionary Graham Staines runs for election
He is Dara Singh, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of the Australian Protestant and his two young sons, burned alive in 1999. He is running for the legislative assembly of Ghasipura. Cardinal Gracias: his candidacy "does not speak well of the future of our country."
Widow of Graham Staines: "Do not give up hope, pray for India"
10 years ago in Orissa, Hindu extremists burned alive the Christian Graham Staines and his two sons. His wife, back in India, connects the recent anti-Christian persecution to her husband. To the many recent widows of Kandhamal, she speaks of forgiveness and strength "in Christ."
Orissa, killings and terror continue ahead of Christmas
A woman has been cut into pieces and thrown into the forest. Another has disappeared. Both of them had returned to the village to try to harvest rice for their families. The government is incapable of guaranteeing security. So far, no arrests have been made for the violence in recent months.
Orissa: schools transformed into refugee camps, students risk losing year
Four moths before year-end exams, students and parents are not concealing their concern that a year's school work could be lost. Classes have been suspended for two months, and schools are being used as temporary housing for refugees and police. For the government, the situation "is returning to normal," but fear remains among Christians.
Widow of Orissa: Christmas, power of forgiveness for killers of my husband
Mrs. Kadamphul Nayak talks about the attack by Hindu fundamentalists, who killed her husband and mother-in-law. The body of the man, an itinerant pastor in the most remote areas of Orissa, was burned and scattered by the extremists after three days. He was killed because he refused to convert back to Hinduism.
Orissa: Christmas of Namrata, the little Dalit disfigured by a bomb
Hers is the best-known face among the victims of the attacks against the Christians. After 45 days in the hospital, she is now healed. Her family, who are day laborers, have lost everything. Fears and hopes ahead of Christmas.
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