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Orissa Riot victims’ struggles continue’

June 2, 2010
Father Ajay Singh expresses concern about the hundreds of people, displaced during the anti-Christian violence in Orissa, facing the imminent monsoon season without a roof over their heads.
Two years after the violence that killed 90 and displaced 50,000, with monsoon season approaching, hundreds of Christians in Orissa are still homeless. Father Ajay Singh, director of social service for Cuttuck-Bhubaneswar archdiocese is urgently seeking funds to provide housing for them. He spoke with ucanews.com’s Christopher Joseph in New Delhi.

Q: How many people have gone back to their villages?

A: We estimate around 75 percent have returned and taken possession of what was left after the riots. But they had no jobs, so many have left for other states. Except for one, all the parishes and mission stations in the area are functioning normally. But Catholics are very few, mostly elderly and children.

Q: What are conditions like for them?

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Plight of Christians in Orissa -India

INDIA’S north-eastern state Orissa continues to be in grip of gory anti-Christian riots. Scores of Christians, including some nuns have been burnt alive. Countless churches, houses and shops have been gutted. Even Christian orphanages have not been spared. To justify massacre of hapless Christians, Hindus spread the canard that eminent Hindu leader, Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, had been killed by Christians on Saturday night. Kandhamal district was the epicentre of the communal riots. Most of the Christians were killed there.

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GCIC slams the continuous Anti Christian Bigotry in Karnataka

On 26th May, the grotto of Mother Rosario was damaged in Majalubettu in Pilar village, within the jurisdiction of Shirva police station Udupi.
The left and right hands of the statue in the grotto as well as the protective glass covering had been shattered in the incident
GCIC states that in spite of all the reassurance of protection given by the State Administration, Christian Places of Worship continue to be Desecrated and Damaged.

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Christian prayer hall demolished by officials

Sat, May 29 12:27 AM
Rameswaram (TN) May 28 (PTI) A Christian prayer hall, allegedly built in violation of government rules, was today demolished by revenue department at Dhanushkodi area near here, officials said. The government had banned new constructions after tidal waves lashed the area in 1964. Pr Joshi is pasturing the church and has about 600 families.
Besides, strict rules banning construction near the sea was enforced after the 2004 Tsunami, they said. A church official is being questioned in connection with the construction, they said.

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