Christians in Laos Driven Out from Homes for Refusing to Renounce Faith
On October 10, the authorities in Laos’ Saravan province drove out seven Laotian Christians from their homes for they refused to renounce their faith. The Christians are now forced to live in the nearby forests.
Despite the Lao government’s recent attempt to promote a law for the “protection and awareness” of Christians, oftentimes it is not fully honored in rural areas.
Speaking to Radio Free Asia (RFA), an anonymous source reported that the evicted Christians are members of two families from the village of Pasing-Kang, in the district of Ta-Oesy, province of Saravan, in the south of the country. They have no choice but to live in a small hut in the forest and have no food or clothing and do not know where to turn for help.
According to Asia News, the village authorities do not allow their relatives or other people to help them. Their family members are too scared and fear they too will be thrown out of their home if they dare to provide any help to the victims.
A member of the Lao Evangelical Church told RFA that his church is closely monitoring the situation.
“We are trying to find a solution to this unfair treatment,” he said, adding that it is sad to see that Christians still being abused in Laos in spite of the passage last year of a national law protecting religious belief.