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Orissa: Christian villages burned, 12,000 people missing from refugee camps

ICC Note: The situation in Orissa remains critical even as Indian officials assert that things are under control.

by Nirmala Carvalho
10/9/08 Bhubaneshwar, India (AsiaNews) – About 12,000 people have disappeared from the refugee camps set up by the government of Orissa to accommodate the Christians fleeing from the violence of Hindu radicals and from their destroyed villages. Meanwhile, a dozen more houses have been burned, while the government of the state assures that it is doing everything possible to maintain security.

Meanwhile, news of more burned villages is coming from the diocese of Bhubaneshwar. Yesterday, in the village of Balligada, 25 homes belonging to Christians were first ransacked and then set on fire. On October 7 in Phiringia and Sujeli (G. Udayagiri), six homes were attacked and destroyed…[Go To Full Story]