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(Compass) — More than 1,000 people remained in temporary accommodations this week, afraid to go home after conflict erupted between Christians and Muslims living in Mamasa regency, Sulawesi , Indonesia . The dispute arose over a law that divided Polewali Mamasa into two separate territories. Some Muslim residents objected, saying the split would place them in Christian-majority Mamasa. Riots broke out on October 15 between Christians supporting the bill and Muslims opposing it. As fighting continued, residents fled their homes and took refuge in nearby villages. The governor of West Sulawesi said people should be encouraged to return home as the first step in resolving the conflict.