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Bishop of Sylhet: Protection for tribal Catholics, victims of expropriation and threats
At Easter a village inhabited by Khasia suffered a heavy attack from a group of Muslims. The real aim of the aggression was to force the community to abandon the local tea plantation, of which it has legal usufruct. The pastor: "We live in fear."
12 Muslims arrested from group that attacked the church of Boldipukur
The robbers were after documents pertaining to land ownership. Not the first attempt to steal the deeds. The parishioners are mostly tribal, very poor and poorly educated and often Muslims try to take over their lands. During the attack, three PIME nuns suffered attempted rape.
16/11/2016 15:33:00 BANGLADESH
After attack that ended in killings in Gaibandha, Christian Santals refuse government aid
Police and local Muslims attacked Tribals in a land dispute. Two died and six were wounded. As people live in fear, children are kept out of school. Some Christians are still on the run; others did not go back home. With winter approaching and food scarce, despair is setting in.
Assam Priest: humanitarian crisis between Muslims and tribal like a tsunami
The priest is in Kokajhar, where the violence first erupted. Toll rises to 32 victims, 170 thousand displaced. Indigenous Bodo most affected: 70% of the population have lost their land, 90% of them live on agriculture alone.
Rajshahi: tribal Catholic killed, possibly linked to land feud
The man's name was Louis Soren and he was 40 years old. The attackers tried to erase all traces of the murder by burning his body. His wife recognized him from a mark on his leg. PIME priest: "We have buried Louis in the local cemetery."
21/06/2017 11:16:00 BANGLADESH
Gaibandha, Muslims attempt to rape a Catholic tribal
The young woman is 20 years old and belongs to the parish of Mariampur. Family is being pressured to withdraw the complaint. Last year, the local Christian community was attacked by police and Muslims for expropriation of land. Parish priest: "We want justice and security."
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