FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 31, 2004
Christians Devastated on Nias Island, Indonesia
JAKARTA, INDONESIA -- A Christian Freedom International coworker reporting from Indonesia informs of hundreds of minority Christians in need of food, clothes, and shelter on mostly Christian Nias. Although the report is sketchy at best here is what was received by CFI headquarters in Front Royal, Virginia:
"I have contacted Christian friends in Gunung Sitoli, Nias Island, a few minutes ago" said a CFI coworker (name cannot be given for security reasons in this mostly Muslim nation). "They told me that the areas that are severely damaged in Nias are Sirombu and Mandrehe (western part of Nias Island). They have found 70 bodies (most of them Christian) and more than 100 missing. He said that at this time the things that they need are: food, clothes and shelters.
"I have contacted my friend in Majelis Pendidikan Kristen, he told me that there were Christians isolated in the old Portuguese castle in Meulaboh Area/Aceh province. They asked for help to the most famous Indonesian Newspaper named Kompas using a mobile phone but the connection was terminated and they can not be reached any more. They just said that he need food and water to survive because there are no water, electricity and food in that building. I hope I can get more detail info regarding this.
"Dear friends of CFI, the thing that we also have to consider is that when a lot of people give their attention to Aceh they also forget about Nias Island in North Sumatra. This is also the area that was severely damaged by tsunami and it looks like they are forgotten by everyone. FYI, most of the people in Nias are Christian (95%) and they are very very poor Please pray for the Christian people in Nias."
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December 31, 2004
In Christ Jesus,
Mark S. Watson