BANGLADESH: Christian families escape death in arson attacks
On 5 November, four Christian families in Kamarpara village, Panchagarh district, northern Bangladesh, narrowly escaped being burnt alive. A Muslim mob had sought to lock them in their houses and burn down the buildings. They were saved by Muslim neighbours who pulled them out.
One survivor, Ramni Das said, “It was midnight when we heard the noise of the fire and the smell of smoke. Luckily, we managed to escape from the house. Being a Christian leaves us weak and vulnerable … We lost everything, there is nothing left in our house, everything was burns.” He added in tears, “Now we are in absolute poverty.”
The mob had accused the Christians of witchcraft, but Das said the real reason was to steal their land. Indeed, under similar circumstances, other very poor Christian families have been forced out of their homes and land recently, and the trend is increasing in the country.