(ANS) – The Church in Nepal is strong, in spite of persecution from Communist Maoists. Enduring severe torture for the cause of Christ the Nepali church calls out for prayer support.
Nepal , known as the Hindu Kingdom , nestled between China on the north and India on the South has been in turmoil since 1996. That is when the Communist (Maoists) rebels began their attempt to overtake the monarchy/democratic government and instill Communist rule.
The Maoist party has instituted and enforced bandhs; (forced shutdowns) blocked major highways, slowed down and sometimes cut off the supply of basics such as oil and food coming into cities. Forcing loyalty through fear by raping and torturing people in the villages, and bombing major highways, the insurgents have murdered 12,000 people since 2001.
On February 1st, King Gyanendra took full control of the alleged corrupt government ousting Prime Minister, Deuba and turning the government into a dictatorship, leaving democracy suspended. On May 27th, speaking at Tribhuvan University , King Gyanendra called for all parties to safeguard democracy. The Royal Nepal Army is aggressively fighting the Maoists. India and the US have attempted to show their support for democracy by providing arms.
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