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Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar have also enacted similar laws, with Nepal going so far as to include them in the recently adopted constitution.
“No one shall attempt to change or convert someone from one religion to another”, the new Constitution draft says. Christians and Muslims have raised serious objections.
“It's very difficult to know what to do. This has definitely added to the sense of fear and uncertainty”, Christian organisation in Nepal says. At least 65 people dead and more than 2,000 injured.
Country faces the threat of disease and child trafficking. Many Christian churches and organisations helping. Government confirms that more than 7,500 people lost their lives.
Thirty-nine year old Zivic, working with Athletes for Christ in Nepal: “There is a lot of news coming out but I ask you to pray for the many people who have lost everything.”
Four-months-old Sonit Awal was recued after his father heard him crying. In hospital, the baby was found free of severe injuries.
Government fears 10,000 have lost their lives. Many still sleep on the streets. Access to rural areas is very difficult.
Organisations asked to give financially and pray that “no effort is duplicated.” Teams are arriving in the region to meet urgent needs.
Number of victims keep rising, 6,500 injured. Country tries to recover from chaos, international help strats coming in. Aftershock on Sunday caused more avalanches.