Christians in various villages of Chhattisgarh state, India are going hungry as members of tribal religions deprive them of work and refuse to sell food to them.
In the southern tip of Chhattisgarh state, villagers who practice tribal religion of ancestor and nature worship attacked the homes of 3 Christian families in Bodiguda village, Sukma District on May 23, 2019 leaving 25 people homeless, including 4 infants.
“Their homes are in ruins. They dumped food grains sufficient to feed the Christians for the entire year in the drain. The families are hardly able to fill their stomachs with the limited provisions they have.”
– Area pastor Philip Veeti
The villagers on that day warned the Christians to abandon their faith or face death. When the 3 families refused, a mob of about 150 people tore down the tiled roofs of the 3 houses of the tribal Christians, throwing out their clothes and other belongings.
The only breadwinners of the families, Sariam Virma, Kurram Desa and Panda Suba, fled to Injaram village 22 miles away, fearing for their lives. Their families in Bodiguda are living under the scanty shade of a Tamarind tree in temperatures that have hit more than 109 degrees Fahrenheit. The women have also set up a shed of wood and grass.
“The shed can barely provide any shade. They laid their children in sacks of leaves, but because of exposure to extreme hot sun, they suffered sun-stroke and have become very weak.”
– Pastor Veeti
Christian Families Going Hungry as Villagers in India Deprive Them of Work, Homes:
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