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According to Christian Post:

Hindu extremists, some wielding machetes, have been on the rampage in the north-eastern state since the murder of Hindu leader Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati and four of his associates last month. Christian homes, orphanages and churches have been burned down, while 16 people have been killed.

In one of the worst incidents, a young woman was burned alive when she tried to protect children from an attack on their Christian orphanage.Christian leaders have appealed to the Indian Government to bring the perpetrators of the violence to justice and protect Christians in Orissa from further attacks. Persecution watchdog Barnabas Fund said the government’s response appeared to be “patchy at best,” with curfews only partially enforced. While additional protection has been provided in the towns, this has not been the case in rural areas, the group said.

Rights groups estimate that around 16,000 Christians have fled the area, with many seeking shelter in makeshift government refugee camps. According to Reuters news agency, one temporary camp in Raikia village has 8,000 people crammed into two floors of a government office, where they are sleeping on the bare floor and surviving on a rice and lentil meal given twice daily.

I spent three weeks teaching Christian writers in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Dehradun. My thoughts and prayers are with the courageous Christians in India.

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