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For Mgr Barwa, Kandhamal Christians are witnesses of Christ, at peace in the face of persecution
The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar remembers the anti-Christian pogrom of August 2008, when some 55,000 Christians were forced out of their homes. Some 300 churches, as well as convents, hostels and welfare facilities were destroyed. Several women were raped. At least 91 people died (38 according to government figures). Christians say that one thing “persecutors could not do: they could not separate Jesus from us,” said the archbishop.
24/08/2017 09:35:00 INDIA
Bishop Barwa: Kandhamal Day in memory of the suffering of Christians
Tomorrow is the ninth anniversary of pogroms against Orissa's Christians. In Kandhamal more than 10,000 people of every faith will join together to "show solidarity and love" to the victims. Archbishop: "We want the application of the Supreme Court ruling granting more compensation."
The cold-blooded killing of a Christian “Maoist” couple brings back fears of pogrom in Kandhamal
The bodies have not been found. Bloodstains and pieces of clothing were found at the site where they were last seen. Two members of the country’s largest paramilitary group are suspected. The victims come from the same village as seven Christians sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, which sparked the anti-Christian pogrom of 2008.
Not all India remembers Orissa’s martyrs
In Madhya Pradesh, the Church organised prayer meetings and blood donations to commemorate the victims of Hindu violence three years ago. In Orissa, no prayer service was held. In Kandhamal, Hindu nationalists meet to remember the murder of Lakshmananda Saraswati, whose “martyrdom” unleashed a wave of violence in 2008.
Ostracised, Christians in Orissa again see their homes destroyed and water wells poisoned
Speaking to AsiaNews, Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), describes the situation in some of the remotest villages in the Indian state. For some of the victims, recent events are a repeat of the bloody anti-Christian pogroms of 2008 by Hindu extremists.
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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