Laos Christians Forced from Church at Gunpoint

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A large mob recently raided a church service in Laos' Saravan province.

The group of police, local officials and villagers put guns to the heads of the Christians and demanded they renounce Christ.

"While being forced with guns to their heads, the believers took only the personal belongings they could grab," according to a statement by Human Rights Watch for Laos Religious Freedom.

Compass Direct News reports that when the Christians refused, the mob confiscated their belongings and homes, burning six of the structures to the ground.

The Christians were then led on a four-mile march and left in an open field. After having been forbidden from returning to their village, the group of men, women and children were without food or clean drinking water.

"These villages have said that they can accept lepers and demon-possessed persons living among them, but they cannot allow believers residing among them," one official reportedly told the Christians. "If they do not want you, neither do we."

This type of persecution of Christians happens frequently in Laos.

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