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October 19, 2023

Pakistani Christians return to Jaranwala after post-riot reconstruction

More than 80 Christian homes and 19 churches were vandalized in an hours-long riot in Jaranwala in Punjab province on August 16, 2023, after allegations that a Koran had been desecrated spread through the city.

Hundreds of Christians were forced to flee from their homes and many were sheltered at the homes of their Muslim neighbors. 

Some of the neighbors even placed verses from the Quran on the doors of Christian homes to avert the attacks from the rioting mob. 

After around two months, the houses, churches, shops, and other buildings have been repaired and the residents have returned. 

Photos: AFP

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