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Anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal four years later
Many families live in ghettoes, victims of social, economic and political discrimination. Some 10,000 people are still without permanent housing. Justice is still being denied. A group of activists, journalists and writers releases a report with the results of their fact finding visit to a number of villages affected by Hindu nationalist violence in 2008.
People “refused to deny Christ", says bishop three years after Orissa pogrom
For Mgr John Barwa, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, those events were not a “curse”. “We are encouraged that Kandhamal now gives hope to the persecuted Church around the world. [. . .] Wherever there are trials and tribulations, there is light.”
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For Card Gracias, the victims of Kandhamal can be raised on the altar of martyrs
The archbishop of Mumbai issued a message for the memorial day on 30 August. This year the fiercest anti-Christian violence by Hindu radicals will be commemorated. "May their blood suffering bring many fruits to the Church in Odisha”.
Signs of peace between Hindus and Christians in Kandhamal thanks to Church
In the village of Bodimunda, Hindu merchants and taxi drivers would refuse Christian customers for fear of penalties. Now Christians are no longer ostracised. In Dodobali, five Christian families were able to rebuild their homes and are now represented on the village council.
Orissa: still no justice for Christian victims of 2008 violence
Out of more than 3,000 cases, only 327 have made it to court with 1,597 suspects acquitted. Almost three years after anti-Christian pogroms, trials are marred by all sorts of irregularities.
Orissa Christians hope for justice, Indian activist says
In an interview with AsiaNews, Ram Puniyani, Convenor of the National People’s Tribunal, talks about the latter’s report on the 2008 anti-Christian pogroms. For him, the issue was not religious but the political use of poverty among Hindu Adivasi and Christian Dalits by Hindu fundamentalists.
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