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“By God’s Grace I Am Still Alive”
“But I do not know what will happen tonight”

8/28/08 India (International Christian Concern) – ICC has been monitoring the situation in Orissa and receiving status reports from those affected by this massive outpouring of hate. This first-hand report comes from a believer in hiding in Kandhamal District, Orissa, India and contradicts the claims of the Indian government that the situation is under control.

Yesterday, ICC spoke with a Christian taking shelter in the middle of an area where Hindus are on a rampage against Christians. When ICC asked him how he was doing, he responded, “By God’s grace I am still alive, but I do not know what will happen tonight.”

According to this eyewitness account, the last three days of violence have resulted in the deaths of 18 Christians that he knew of alone, including pastors, nuns, and Catholic priests. In addition, he said that Hindu radicals have demolished at least 75 churches and hundreds of houses belonging to Christians.

While the Indian government maintains that the situation is under control, our eyewitness says it is anything but. The main towns have received additional police protection, but in the rural areas there is nothing to stop Hindu mobs from looting, killing, raping, and destroying. In addition, the police have had their hands tied. The local government has prohibited them from firing on any mobs.

ICC spoke with this source at about 9:30pm local time (in India). At that moment, everything was quiet, but he said that the Hindus usually attack between 11pm and 4am. Their only defense against another rampage is divine assistance.

Samuel Wallace, ICC’s Regional Manager for South Asia, said, “It looks like the only defense these Christians have is God himself, because the Indian government has proved itself unable to stop the violence.”

ICC is calling on all concerned Christians to:

1. Urgently pray for the Christians taking shelter from the attacks of Hindu mobs.
2. Contact Indian politicians in Orissa to stop the violence.

Shri Naveen Patnaik
Chief Minister
General Administration, Home Affairs

Naveen Nivas, Aerodrome Road,
P.O.-Bhubaneswar, District-
Khurda Pin-751001 (Orissa)

Office:
91-674-2531100
91-674-2531500

Res:
91-674-2590299
91-674-2591099

Fax:
91-674-2535100
91-674-2590833

Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister

South Block, Raisina Hill,
New Delhi,
India-110 011

Phone:
91-11-23012312

Fax:
91-11-23019545

91-11-23016857