Thursday, February 18, 2010

Kandhamal, Orissa: Beauty and brutality

You may be wondering where this blog's current header image -- a beautiful and lush landscape -- is from. I took this photo last fall while in Kandhamal district, Orissa state, India to meet with Christians who suffered severely in the August 2008 violence (click here to find out more about those attacks).

While driving around Kandhamal to visit different villages and relief camps, I was struck by the splendour of the countryside in contrast to the ugliness of the demolished homes and churches.

Here are some photos to give you an idea of the beauty of Kandhamal and the brutal devastation that was caused by the anti-Christian violence.
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  1. Such lovely pics, Erin! They really capture the majesty of the mountains and the vibrance of the vegetation. And that's quite a cute little critter on that last one ;)

  2. Good pics. And good contrast between the beauty from God and the ugliness that can come when man responds in hatred and anger. I was wondering earlier what that picture at the top of the blog had to do with the work of VOMC. Now I know a little more. Just a thought; you might want to put a little tag on the photo.


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