Our persecuted brothers & sisters in India are still struggling after violent riots broke out earlier this month in the northeastern state of Manipur—stoked by Hindu nationalism and hateful, anti-Christian sentiment.
The minority population of believers quickly became a target; to date, 108 villages have been completely destroyed, 200+ churches have been burned down, over 80 lives have been taken (including many Christian tribal citizens) and 66,000 people—mostly Christ followers—have been displaced from their homes. Then a cyclone brought extreme weather to the region, further compounding the issue.
Priya recounted the difficult choices believers had to make as the riots shattered their lives. “People were forced to flee to the jungles and other places of safety away from their homes with only the clothes they wore,” she remarked. “Their survival is at stake. They face an uncertain future as they have lost all their belongings.”