A Christian family of 12 was driven from their Laotian village by individuals angry over the family’s practice of “foreign” religion, reports the relief group Barnabas Fund.
The family’s home in the Dong Savanh village in Savannakhet province was burned in the Feb. 9 attack, the report stated.
This incident followed another attack on the family in December 2021. That time, individuals struck the family members and beat the coffin of their deceased father as the family tried to bury him in the village cemetery. As a result, the family had to inter the father in their own rice field, the report said.
Seng Aloun, the widow, said her family also was evicted from the village in 2017, states Barnabas Fund.
Laos is a communist country with a predominately Buddhist population. In 2019, the government passed its Law on the Evangelical Church, giving Laotian Christians the right to conduct services and preach throughout the country, the report says.
Laos is No. 26 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.