Christians cut off from their community in India
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Tribal people are boycotting neighbors who convert to Christianity
A woman of the Gond tribe in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh makes home brew liquor known as 'Ippa Saara' from mahua seeds in a temporary dwelling inside a forest area. A group of Christians from the tribal group in the state are being pressured to give up their faith. (Photo by AFP)
A group of Christians in a village in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh have been made pariahs because they refused to abandon their Christian faith — an ongoing issue in several villages in the region.
Some 60 people from 15 families in Barbattar village of Kondagaon district have been ostracized because "we refused to succumb to the village body's pressure" to leave Christianity and follow the tribal faith, said Mohan Netam, a Christian leader.
The village is home for some 1,000 Gond tribal people, the largest tribe in the country, who are animists. "Our lives have become miserable" after the village body "banned us from collecting fire wood or grazing our animals in the forest," Netam told ucanews.com.
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