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Orissa archbishop calls for aid for child victims of persecution

September 20, 2010

Denouncing a recent visit by an Indian government official as “mere appearance” and “ceremony,” the leading prelate in the eastern Indian province of Orissa is calling for government aid for the child victims of the 2008 anti-Christian rampage that left over 50,000 homeless.

“36% [of the persecution’s victims] are young people under age 18, physically and psychologically traumatized,” according to a statement issued by a delegation led by Archbishop Raphael Cheenath. “The children, two years after the violence, remain silent spectators and are totally excluded from any help.”


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