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Indonesian tsunami mudslide buries 34 Christian students in church

South East Asia

Indonesian tsunami mudslide buries 34 Christian students in church

Devastation left by the Indonesian earthquake. Photo credit: Barnabas Fund

Thirty-four Christian students attending a Bible camp in Sulawesi, Indonesia died after a mudslide caused by Friday’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami buried a church. A further 52 students are still missing at the time of writing.

A 7.5 magnitude offshore earthquake rocked the island of Sulawesi on Friday 28 September, creating a devastating tsunami. Sulawesi is majority Muslim but also has a Christian minority of around 20%. The death toll has now exceeded 1,300, while the UN estimates that almost 200,000 people are in desperate need of aid.

“Thousands of houses, Christian schools [were washed] away and disappeared by tsunami and earthquake,” wrote one Indonesian pastor to Barnabas Fund on 2 October. We also received reports that many church buildings have been destroyed.

Barnabas Fund, a leading aid agency put out an urgent appeal to supply emergency aid through local churches to Christians affected by the disaster.