[Church Times] 16 Oct 2008--HORROR — the sort that dulls the senses or excites over-stimulation — looms large in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa state, now infamous for the anti-Christian violence that has ravaged its interior since 24 August (News, 29 August).
A fraction of those fleeing the violence have made their way to the state capital, and the gravity of what they suffered becomes apparent immediately on meeting them (News, 19 September).
At one of the relief camps I visited, without invitation or introductions, person after person stood up and recounted their stories. The first set the tone, as she wept quietly: “They came and looted everything.”
Another told us breathlessly of a pastor of 25 years, who had refused to renounce his faith when a mob came to his house. They first cut off his lips, then cut him into pieces, then set his house on fire. His elderly mother, who was deaf and mute, was thrown on the fire when she tried to rescue him.