In Koraput District a church in Bhajiguda and Khodta village belonging to Orissa Missionary Movment (OMM) was burnt down completely. Another church in Nokera village under Kundara Police station was torched even as the police watched as mere bystanders.
In another incident in Pandakamari village, Jeypore Evangelical Luthrean Church was burnt and Christian shops looted along with a report of assault and rape on young girls. All these incidents happen between 12 to 2 am on the early morning of September 3, 2008.
In the face of atrocities against the Christians an incident brought to light by our correspondent, highlighted one good Samaritan’s response. 135 people belonging to 33 Christian families including women and children covered the distance of 400kms from Kandhamal, the most affected area of violence, to Bhubneshwar, to escape the fanatics. Since the roads were blocked they trekked jungle after jungle to reach Bhubneshwar city.
Without food and water and no money at their disposal as these families reached Bhubneshwar they make their abode at the crowded railway platform. A Christian brother who happen to be there, asked them about their identity. On learning about their plight he took them to the Bhubneshwar YMCA for shelter.
EFI praise God and appreciate YMCA for the services rendered to these hapless and broken Christians from Kandhamal. There are countless violence affected Christians helplessly wandering in jungles across Orissa, without food, water and shelter.
We request you to pray for them that they may be rescued and resettled soon.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India
Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations