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Church elder dies in the relief camp in Orissa

By James Varghese
1/21/08 ORISSA, INDIA (ANS) — According to a news carrried the by Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) on their news website, a church elder named Kajuru Digal (60 yrs), who was staying at the Barakhama (violence hit area) relief camp, died at a medical college hospital of the city on Saturday, January 19.

During severe communal violence that took place in Orissa over Christmas which started on December 22, 2007 between Hindu radicals and Christians, Mr. Digal lost his house in Barakhama.

According to the media reports, some 600 homes had suffered damages or were destroyed, affecting more than 5,000 people.

During the violence, medical reports say that he had developed some serious ailments which were reported on Friday. Suddenly he was shifted to the nearest Baliguda (name of a town in Orissa) government hospital.

Later from the Bailguda Government Hospital, he was referred to another medical college hospital for further treatment as his condition grew worse.

The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) says that it is pursuing with the state Government of Orissa about the health care systems in the relief camps where the Christian refugees are provided shelter.