Sunday, September 20, 2009

Alleged Murderer of Christian in Vietnam Strikes Again

Just a reminder that has dedicated the weekends to posting stories from persecuted brothers and sisters around the world in our special weekend edition entitled "Watchmen On The Wall" referred to in Isaiah 62:6-7 . There are so many atrocities being perpetrated that a new story isn't hard to find. But these stories do represent real suffering, torture, imprisonment and the death of Christians. Families are being torn apart, but greater is He that resides in the hearts of these faithful ones. Please remember to pray for them often. --Robert

Local authorities complicit or turn blind eye to assaults on Christians.

LOS ANGELES, May 11 (CDN) — A Hmong man in Vietnam’s Northwest Mountainous Region who murdered his mother in February because she had become a Christian has assaulted another Christian, leaving him critically wounded, according to area Christian sources.

Lao Lia Po on April 25 allegedly attacked Koua Lo of Meo Vac district, Ha Giang Province because he had become a Christian, according to a local church leader. Koua sustained severe head injuries; according to witnesses, his head was split open in two places with parts of his brain visible.

Koua was taken to a hospital, but after three days doctors said they could do nothing more for him and sent him home. As his injuries were life-threatening, those close to Koua did not expect him to recover.

The alleged attacker, Lao, is still at large and has not been charged. The assault took place in Sung Can Village, Sung Tra Commune, Meo Vac district, Ha Giang Province.

In the same area two years ago, a 74-year-old woman became the first Christian in the village. Today there are about 100 families who follow Christ, but the cost has been high. Stories of harassment and abuse of Christians in Meo Vac district have circulated for several months, with local Christians saying government officials are either complicit or look the other way.