Bangladesh is a small country packed with 160 million people, so land disputes are common and it is often the poor who suffer most. (Photo: Rock Ronald Rozario/ucanews)
Residents in a southern Bangladesh village were shocked to hear that a violent clash erupted recently between two Catholic families.
The mob violence was the culmination of a bitter dispute lasting more than two years over ownership of a small plot of land
South Haldibunia village is near the country’s second largest port — Mongla in Bagerhat district — and also close to the Sundarbans mangrove forest, an area covered by St. Paul’s Church in Mongla under Khulna Diocese.
The sense of shock was understandable, happening in a village where people of various faiths — Catholic Christians, Hindus and Muslims — have been living peacefully together for decades.