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Orissa: thousands of refugees and new victims, massacre of Christians continues

ICC Note: The scope of this new rampage against Christians in Orissa continues to grow, as the death toll is as high as 100.

by Nirmala Carvalho
8/30/08 Bhubaneswar, India (AsiaNews) – One week after the beginning of the violence in Orissa, thousands of people, most of them Christian, are still hiding in the forests or have found refuge in the shelter camps set up by the government.

According to the latest figures, there are at least 6,000 people in the refugee camps, and 5,000 hiding in the forests around Kandhamal, but the number of refugees could soon reach 10,000. Today, in Bhubaneswar, a protest demonstration is planned in front of the state government headquarters in Orissa, organized by the activists of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), following the closing of Catholic schools yesterday all over India. About 25,000 institutes closed their doors, while the students and teachers marched peacefully through the streets of the country calling for an end to the violence against Christians.

Meanwhile, the number of victims of the violence continues to increase: “We have received authentic information that the death toll is 100”, says Dr Sajan George, national president of the GCIC, “and more butchered bodies and burnt corpes are being found”. The Christian activist is also calling for the resignation of the entire government of Orissa, which is incapable of stopping the massacres against the Christian community. He provides an example: “In Bakingia, two families of seven Christians – Daniel Naik and Michael Naik and their families – were tortured and killed, their bodies were found with their heads pulped and smashed, they were recognised by their clothes. Bakingia is about 8 kilometers from Raikia police station”… [Go To Full Story]