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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.
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."
Dinajpur, new attacks on Christians: family flees burning home
A group of Muslims attempted to burn an entire Christian family, accused of witchcraft. A victim: "We lost everything, we live in absolute poverty. If we do not withdraw the complaint the consequences will be worse". In recent weeks many attacks on Christian-owned properties: the real intent is land expropriation.
Pressure on Catholic family to rob them of house and property
Muslim groups have shot at the house and have built a wall to expropriate the land, while the police fails to intervene. "Allah Akbar" in place of the cross. Other Christian families have had to leave the area.
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