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India: Persecuted Christians in Manipur Face Dual Crisis of Violence and Floods

Christianity has been a presence in India since the days of St. Thomas the Apostle. The Indian Orthodox Church, or Malankara Syriac Orthodox Church, severed communion with the Church of Constantinople in 451, over the definition of the natures of Christ at the Fourth Ecumenical Council, the Council of Chalcedon.

“Persecuted Christians in Manipur Face Dual Crisis of Violence and Floods,” by Hannah Chowdhry and Juliet Chowdhry, Pakistan Christian Post, June 8, 2024:

London: A surge in religious extremism in Manipur, India, have led to severe religious persecution against the Kuki Christian community. Over 200 Christians have been killed, and numerous villages, houses, and churches have been destroyed, resulting in significant displacement and hardship. The violence has left around 70,000 Kuki Christians homeless and struggling for basic necessities such as food, clothing, and medicine….

While the government has set up some relief camps, their capacity is limited, accommodating only about 10% of the displaced population. This has left many without adequate shelter and struggling to survive. Dr. Chongloi has emphasized the insufficiency of the government’s relief efforts and the urgent need for more substantial support.

Compounding these challenges, flash floods in the Kangpokpi (KPI) district resulted in early cancellations of relief distribution efforts by BACA (British Asian Christian Association), delaying aid by five days. During the flooding, many displaced Christians lost even more of the few possessions they had left, and a significant amount of food was wasted. The inundation caused the mobile telephone communication system to go down, leaving struggling families without contact for days, and they also had to cope with a prolonged loss of electricity….

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