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Kandhamal Christians’ Suffering and Witness to Faith Recalled, on 13th Anniversary of Anti-Christian Bloodshed

(Clockwise from L-R) The sprawling refugee camp at a football field in Raikia, Kandhamal in 2008 taken after four months into the violence. (T-R) SisterAnjali Nayak inside their burnt Mount Carmel convent chapel. (B-L) Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, then CBCI president, praying before the desecrated Marian statue at the Mount Carmel convent in Balliguda. (B-R) Widowed Kanakrekha Nayak at a protest in New in Delhi in Aug 2010 marking the second anniversary of Kandhamal.

The 2008 events constituted the worst anti-Christian violence in modern Indian history.