Muslim hostility remains, but evangelicals hopeful in Bangladesh

By July 10, 2007

Bangladesh
(MNN) — Muslims in northwest Bangladesh
have been reacting violently to Christian converts from Islam in their
region. 

Following a public baptismal service in the village of Durbachari Bhatiapara, mosque
authorities reacted by banning Christians from using the village well, the
area's only source of potable water.

Tensions came to a head three weeks ago when a mob of angry
Muslims attacked ten believers and beat them.

According to Compass Direct, local human rights advocates
appealed for an investigation and security restoration. A senior constable also
met with Muslims and Christians to promote some cooperation.

The reports indicated that the official was able to stress
the need for religious tolerance, reminding everyone that all Bangladeshis
have religious liberty and promising to take action against persecutors. Though peace has been restored, the
Christians are separated from the community, and their children can no longer
attend the madrassah, the only school in the area.

World Evangelical Alliance says Muslim hostility remains, so
they're praying for God to protect His servants and soften and open Muslim
hearts to the Gospel.  

 

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