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Colombia: Seven More Families Displaced

January 16, 2015 by Josh Seale in Africa

Seven more Christian families from the Arhuaco indigenous community in Santa Marta, Colombia, have been displaced by traditional authorities because they refused to renounce their faith in Jesus. 



They arrived at an undisclosed place where another 23 displaced families are living. The 23 families were expelled from their lands in 2011 because they chose to become believers.



Among the 30 families are almost 300 people, including 150 children, 20 elderly people and 10 women who have been abandoned by their husbands when they became followers of Jesus. All of the people are receiving medical attention due to sickness.



Open Doors spoke with a woman from the community who said authorities are pressuring young people to renounce their faith in Jesus in exchange for money. Please pray for believers in the Arhuaco community; that their faith would be strengthened and that God would protect them.



The families are Chibchan-speaking people and descendants of the Tairona culture, concentrated in northern Colombia in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.



Colombia is ranked No. 35 on the Open Doors 2015 World Watch List of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians.



Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.

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