The "dam is bursting" on India's discriminatory caste system, says prominent Indian Bishop Joseph D'souza, who told The Christian Post that the demise of India's prejudiced social order could likely come during his lifetime.
For centuries, India has been entrenched in an unjust social construct that has discriminated against the lowest and most vulnerable members of society and kept those in the lowest rungs of the caste system from being able to access equal educational and economic opportunities that could allow them to create comfortable lives for themselves and their families.
While those in the highest castes of the system are living comfortable lives, the same opportunities they receive are not afforded to those in the Sudra caste (commoners, peasants, laborers) or those considered to be Dalits or untouchables (street sweepers, toilet cleaners). more >>
The United Nations Children's Fund has warned that the crises connected to the various wars around the world continue to escalate and hit children the hardest, with close to 50 million of them uprooted from their homes by violence and persecution.
"Indelible images of individual children — Aylan Kurdi's small body washed up on a beach after drowning at sea or Omran Daqneesh's stunned and bloody face as he sat in an ambulance after his home was destroyed — have shocked the world," United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement on Wednesday.
"But each picture, each girl or boy, represents many millions of children in danger — and this demands that our compassion for the individual children we see be matched with action for all children." more >>
In an attempt to be spared from a life of rape and sexual enslavement at the hands of Islamic State militants, a 22-year-old Yazidi woman took matters into her own hands and melted her face so that she wouldn't be turned into an object of sexual jihad.
New York City Pastor Bill Devlin, who is in Kurdish Iraq providing aid and assistance to Christians and Yazidis displaced by IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL), told The Christian Post last week that he's heard a number of terrifying accounts from Yazidi families forced to flee from their homes when IS took over large swaths of territory in northern Iraq in the summer of 2014.
As IS conquered Yazidi villages, the group systematically rounded up Yazidi people and separated them by males and females. While the men and older teenage boys were generally shot and killed in masses, the jihadis collected the women and girls and hauled them away to be traded, bought and sold as sex slaves in IS-held strongholds like Raqqa, Syria. more >>
European Council President Donald Tusk has warned that Europe is close to its limits when it comes to the ongoing refugee crisis, with new waves of migrants fleeing war and terrorism in Iraq and Syria continuing to come onto the continent.
"The practical capability of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, is close to limits," Tusk said at the end of the G20 summit in China, AFP reported.
He added that there are close to 65 million displaced people around the world, and urged economic leaders as part of the G20 summit to take responsibility and help those who are most in need. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson is helping her fellow Louisianans whose homes were destroyed during last months flooding by teaming up with the Roma Boot company to benefit relief efforts.
Last month, a state of emergency was declared in Louisiana after excessive rainfall resulted in the flooding of over 40,000 homes, affecting over 80,000 people in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. The disaster is considered the worst in the United States since Hurricane Sandy.
Robertson, a native of Monroe, Louisiana, has once again teamed up with rain boot company Roma Boots with her fall collection to raise money to charity — this time to benefit flood victims in her home state. more >>
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the potential to become the Indian version of Abraham Lincoln, says one human rights activist after the country's leader declared his devotion to help the poorest and most deprived social class, and labeled the unjust caste system as "poison" in an interview on Friday.
As the caste system makes it nearly impossible for those considered to be "Dalits" or "untouchables" and their children to rise from the lowest rung of Indian society and earn their way to a comfortable life, millions of Dalits have rioted in recent weeks to protest and proclaim that the injustice they face must end.
What is becoming known as the "Dalit uprising" began in July, as millions of Dalits have rioted against the Indian system of social order and have demanded that they finally be given the rights granted to them by the country's Constitution. more >>