Lao Hmong Evicted after Converting to Christianity

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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

VIENTIANE (Worthy News)-- Six Hmong families who converted to Christianity were forced to leave their village after local authorities ordered them to renounce their faith, according to Barnabas Aid.

Refusing to revert to Laotian traditional animist beliefs, all six families were evicted from their homes in Ko Hai village in Khamkeut district to Hoi Keo near the town of Lak Sao.

Because of the forced relocation, the Christians lost their homes, farms and the few assets they had on hand. Although the district governor said he was unaware of the forced relocations, he promised to look into the matter.

Earlier this month, seven Hmong were arrested in north-western Laos after converting to Christianity. Five were released after agreeing to renounce their faith, but the two who refused were sent to a provincial prison.

Although the Lao constitution grants freedom of religion to its citizens, the Hmong daily endure persecution from its communist government because they were allied with America during the Vietnam War.

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1 thought on “Lao Hmong Evicted after Converting to Christianity

  1. Short reports on very touchy rights in Lao PDR but concise and articulated article. Hmong people should not forget that their ancestors, parents, or relatives had fought for the Free World to save Laos from tyrants. When tyrants were forced to win, Hmong people were, are, and will always be branded as part of Americans. Remember, fellow Hmong people, your religion is now Hmong Tradition Buddhism - Animist is not realistic but tribal only. You are a nation. Lao PDR is always waiting for an excuse to punish you, branded part of Americans. Look, even the Special Zone Xaysomboune set up for you was taken away in violation of the Tripartite Agreement made among Lao-Phieng, Lao-Theung, and the Lao-Song / Hmong. Know your rights!

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