» 03/08/2010, 00.00
Orissa: "To avoid being killed, we went days without food in the forest"
One victim tells his story of the violence last June in Orissa. His father, a Christian pastor Biswanath Digal was beaten to death.
Orissa: Hindu extremism behind the bomb at the Christian refugee camp
The man who was preparing the bomb is dead. Four injured all belonging to the 32 Christian families living in the Nandamaha camp. Police blame Maoist militants. For the director of the Global Council of Indian Christians is the latest Hindu violence against Christians.
Orissa’s Christians want "concrete measures", not just apologies from government
The Interior Minister has visited refugee camps in Kandhamal and assured the government's commitment to a return to normal. Christians complain of threats, lack of compensation and continuing violations of religious freedom. Even today, the perpetrators of violence go unpunished circulating in the villages.
Bishop of Orissa: We are being persecuted like the first Christians
Raphael Cheenath, archbishop of Bhubaneshwar, comments to AsiaNews on the first pastoral letter of the bishops of Orissa following the violence that began at the end of August. The text calls for justice regarding all of the destruction, but also thanks many citizens and Indian and international organizations for their collaboration.
Orissa remembers Fr Bernard Digal a year after his death
The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, recalls the priest who died of serious wounds sustained during the attack by Hindu fundamentalists. Fr. Bernard died "to support the faith of Christians today, and nourish the seeds of faith for future generations." But "for the defenceless Christian community danger is always around the corner."
Orissa, Christian survivors to the EU: "Give us back our lives"
The EU delegation visited the districts tortured by anti-Christian violence in 2008. Local Christians, "refugees in their own home," seeking justice for what happened and ask the government to listen to their voice.
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