25 December 2014

Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

An Indian tribal child drinks water in a bowl at a relief camp at Tinsuti village in Sonitpur district of Indian eastern state of Assam, India, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Police says the death toll from rebel violence in remote northeastern India has risen to over 70 with the recovery of more bodies from abandoned villages. Authorities have said rebels belonging to a faction of an indigenous separatist group called the National Democratic Front of Bodoland attacked tribal settlers known as Adivasi late Tuesday. Most of the Adivasis, whose ancestors migrated to Assam more than 100 years ago, work on tea plantations.
Instead of celebrating Christmas in her home, Rina Vor and her four young children were huddled in a church Thursday along with hundreds of other survivors of a rebel massacre that killed 72 members of her tribe.
Vor said she putting her kids to sleep in her village in India's remote northeast when she heard the gunfire. She quickly gathered the children and ran to the church for safety, leaving behind her house and belongings.