"Now we are citizens of this country. We have the right to live with dignity. We want the government to give us a place to live in peace."
In Bangladesh, more than 1000 Christians have been expelled by the Dhaka South City Corporation. They belong to three communities, the Catholic Church, the Golgotha Baptist Church and the Jordanian Church of Christ, and are now homeless.
They are Telugu Christians, descendants of populations brought to Dakha by the British colonial authorities of the Indian State between 1836 and 1850, in order to work in the field of sanitation.
"In 1990 the government gave us land here, but now they tell us to leave. It's totally unfair. Our people earn very little; how are they going to manage to find another house? The government brought us here," says Reverend Das of the Baptist Church in AsiaNews, "now we are citizens of this country. We have the right to live with dignity. We want the government to give us a place to live in peace".
Golgotha Baptist Church and Jordan Church of Christ have already been demolished. Niromola Malleti, 51, mother of two, wonders.
"We live in inhuman conditions, without electricity, without cooking gas and without drinking water. Children and the elderly are the most affected; how are we going to live?"