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German Delegation Visits Orissa

ICC Note

The officials visited Orissa, a scene of anit-Christian violence two years ago. During the violence, 100 Christians were killed and over 55,000 were forced to flee from their homes. According to an official from Germany In Orissa, “Christians still live in fear.”

08/15/2011 India (Cathnews India)-A visiting parliamentary delegation from Germany has urged Orissa’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik to take stock of the situation in the eastern state’s volatile Kandhamal district.

“After visiting Kandhamal, we had a constructive discussion on security for Christians in his state. I also raised questions regarding reconstruction, the status of indigenous dalits and tribals, affirmative action for dalit Christians,” said Volker Kauder, chairman of the Christian Democrat Party’s parliamentary group.

The sectarian violence that engulfed Kandhamal in December 2007 and August 2008 claimed more than 100 lives and destroyed 6,500 houses.

“Christians still live in fear” is the impression we got after meeting some of the victims of communal violence, Kauder said.

He said he also visited villages with newly-constructed homes funded by churches and the state government, but saw people still living in tents.

Not all the destroyed homes have been rebuilt yet. Many Christians have been rendered jobless, he added.

“The fact that some perpetrators of the violence are still at large is an obstacle to reconciliation and long-term stability. It is a matter of concern and will be discussed with the Indian authorities,” he said.

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