Orissa, India, Aug 16, 2017 / 23:02 pm
Nine years ago, Christians in the Kandhamal district of Odisha, India suffered the worst attacks against Christians in modern times in the country.
Around 100 people lost their lives and more than 56,000 lost their homes and places of worship in a series of violent riots by Hindu militants that lasted for several months.
But since the devastation, the local area has seen an "unprecedented" increase in religious vocations, including Sr. Alanza Nayak, who became the first woman from her area to join the order of the Sisters of the Destitute.
Sr. Nayak told Matters India that she decided to dedicate her life to God through the poor and needy after she heard "how a herd of elephants meted out justice to the victims of Kandhamal anti-Christian violence."