The WSCF community expresses its solidarity to our brothers and sisters in the Student Christian Movement (SCM) India and the whole Christian community in India. We are deeply concerned about the communal violence in Orissa which has caused the indiscriminate killings of 20 lives, displacement of 50,000 people and the burnings of more than 4,000 homes and churches. The WSCF strongly condemn the killing of both Hindus and Christians and the destruction of the Churches and Christian institutions by the religious fanatics in the Orissa region. It is the poorest of the poor, the Dalits, Adivasis that have been gravely affected by the violence that has affected in this region in the last 10 days. We uphold in our prayers the victims of violence, their families and friends and understand the feelings of panic, loss, sorrow, and anger among both the Christians and Hindu communities. Let peace, justice and reconciliation bring healing to the people of Orissa.
We join the call of the National Christian United Forum (NCUF), the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), the Catholic Bishop’s Conference in India, the Evangelical Fellowship in India to make September 7, a day of fasting for peace and goodwill for our brothers and sisters in India. We invite the movements of the global Federation to join this day and pray for peace and healing. We also add our voice to calls for the Indian Government to immediately intervene to prevent further bloodshed and the cessation of violence.
We believe in peace and reconciliation and we stand in solidarity with all the affected people of the community. We appeal to all the student communities across the globe to pray for communal harmony in the religious community in Orissa, India. Let our prayer of peace act to heal the wounds of communal division and restore peace and reconciliation in the region. Let us re affirm the word of God– “But once more God will send us his spirit. The wasteland will become fertile, and fields will produce rich crops. Everywhere in the land, righteousness and peace will be done. Because everyone will do what is right, there will be peace and security forever. God’s people will be free from worries, and their homes peaceful and safe.” (Isaiah 32:15-18)