Christians in in rural Bangladesh worship in a church.
After worshiping peacefully together in a tin hut for more than 10 years, a church of more than 20 families from the Chakma people group recently began constructing a church building in their village.
A local contact wrote that the aggressors had struck just the night before. During previous attacks, the men from the village had fled, and the assailants left the women and children alone. This time, however, the attackers targeted the women, leaving many injured. The assailants then called front-line workers in the region and threatened to kill them if they visited the community again. Afterward, the army arrested village leaders, but they could not identify the attackers. VOM contacts have moved the believers into a temporary shelter, and the victims are living in a great deal of fear.