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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Photographs by John Fredricks” font_container=”tag:h6|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_single_image image=”114900″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]An open church area in Kandhamal, India was built recently after the original structure was destroyed by Hindu nationalists in the Summer of 2008. Since then, the area’s Christian population has doubled, according to local sources.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” border_width=”2″][vc_single_image image=”114901″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Attacks on Christians and other minority people groups in the country have been on the rise since the election of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” border_width=”2″][vc_single_image image=”114902″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]A church destroyed by Hindu Nationalists in the Summer of 2008 stands as a reminder to the persecution of Christians in Kandhamal, India. Members of the church have since moved services to a different location, and the area’s Christian population has now doubled according to local sources.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” border_width=”2″][vc_single_image image=”114903″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]

A jeep belonging to a Catholic congregation in the Kandhamal, India area sits where it was last parked before being destroyed by Hindu Nationalists in the Summer of 2008.

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” border_width=”2″][vc_single_image image=”114904″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]A Christian Pastor in the majority Muslim Indian state of Kashmir reaches for a Kashmiri Apple on a farm outside of Sriningar. He has been arrested for his faith, and has had his life threated with death on many occasions since making the decision to preach in Kashmir. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”114905″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]A lone police officer patrols the perimeter of government buildings in Srinagar, Kashmir, India. The area is considered one of the most geopolitically unstable regions on the planet, and is host to thousands of Indian police and military personnel sent there to maintain law and order.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” border_width=”3″][vc_column_text]John Fredricks is an award winning photojournalist based in Los Angeles. His work appears everywhere from National Geographic Adventure to Time Magazine. Passionate about social and humanitarian issues, he wants to impact his generation through a visual medium and put the spotlight on issues around the world. He has launched himself into locations and situations where his life and health were likely in danger in order to use his gift and skill in photography to share the truth. His camera is only an extension of the genuine love and care John feels for those around him.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” border_width=”3″][vc_column_text]Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of International Christian Concern or any of its affiliates[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” border_width=”3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]