Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Tribals demand justice for killings
Claim mob attack in which 4 laborers died was sectarianTribal people yesterday protest recent killings
- by ucanews.com reporter, Rajshahi
- May 21, 2012
Protesters formed human chains in 16 districts and handed over letters to local government officials demanding the arrest and punishment of those responsible, and compensation for the victimsâ€™ families.
The protest was organized by the Jatiya Adivasi Forum (JAF), a national tribal rights group.
On May 4, a mob of around 150 armed men attacked 15 laborers working for Abdus Sattar, a local farmer, in a rice field in Chakgopal in Naogaon district.
Local villagers say Sattar was involved in a land dispute and that the assailants worked for his rivals.
Four men, all local tribal Christians, were killed and dozens of the combatants were injured during the clash.
Sattar later filed a murder case against his rivals and police arrested four people.
However, tribal villagers say the motive behind the attack was sectarian and that most of the assailants have yet to be arrested.
Anil Marandi, a tribal Santal and JAF spokesman, said tribals in the area have been living in fear since the attack and canâ€™t move freely.
â€śFor a long time now we have been deprived of our rights. If officials do not help us, we will have to take to the streets and fight for them,â€ť he said at one of yesterdayâ€™s protests.
Local police say they are still investigating the incident.
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