The issue of land grabbing has caused many indigenous people to become homeless. Even though this issue is not uncommon, most of the cases continue to remain hidden and undisclosed.
These land grabbers are local political leaders and influencers, large organisations and government party officials. They are the all-round powerful individuals. Their victims, on the other hand, are from the low poorer classes, who are targeted because they lack the resources to fight against such powerful people. The situation is direr among religious minority groups such as Christians.
These individuals first show genuine interest in various projects to benefit the poor. They then lure them to release their lands with the promise to build factories, farms, resorts, etc. The final trap is sprung when they are enticed to borrow money from them with high interest rates.
Later on, they are asked to return the money. When they fail to return, the money lenders forcefully grab their land, cast them out. In most cases, a direct force is used. They have no choice, as most victimized landowners share, that if they don’t, their lives and the lives of their loved ones, are at risk.
In a recent case, three lands in a Christian village in Chittagong Hill Tribes, northeast Bangladesh, are in the process of being taken away by the land grabbers. The victims are from the Tripura tribal indigenous people group.
They are not allowed to enter into their land now – a land in which they have lived for generations. They are given a choice to move to neighbouring lands or become homeless. But a few years from now, these neighbouring lands will also be taken away eventually.
- Pray for wisdom and God’s guidance for these tribal believers on how to deal with these land grabbers.
- Pray for these believers to be united to stand and fight against the land grabbers.
- Pray for the government to know what is happening so that they can pass laws and take actions to protect the rights of these minority groups.
To Stand With Them
Bangladesh ranks no.48 in the WORLD WATCH LIST. In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the persecuted church in Bangladesh through:
- Equipping and training of believers
- Bible and Christian literature distribution
- Socio-economic development
- Literacy classes
- Emergency relief