Hundreds of Christians in Orissa, India, who were made homeless after an outbreak of violent persecution, are now living in houses built by Barnabas Fund.
According to the charity, during the past 18 months many homes have been built in the Kandhamal district. It was here that Christians were targeted by Hindu extremists during Christmas 2007 and from August 2008.
Barnabas Fund estimates that roughly 60,000 professed Christians became homeless, having been forced to flee. About 91 lost their lives — some murdered at the scene, while others dying later of their injuries or as a result of living in the jungle. About 18,000 were wounded.
The charity aims to provide 2000 new homes. It has completed phase one of the project, housing 522 Christian families in new buildings and repairing 65 damaged properties. A further 291 homes should be completed very soon.