Though great efforts are being made to meet the needs of Christians rendered homeless by attacks of militant Muslims in Indonesia, caring for the 787,000 displaced persons in relocation centers in four provinces of the Maluku and Sulawesi Islands taxes the efforts of the care givers. Recently a new challenge faced them.
About 6,000 people live in the Mega Belia refugee camp in the shadow of a large volcano on the northern part of Sulawesi Island. On December 31, the Indonesian government ceased providing them aid in the form of one bowl of rice per day. Many of the people there are now suffering from inadequate nutrition. "These people have lost everything in the attacks against their lives and lands," said Carl Cady, an Alaskan pastor who resigned his position to work full time on behalf of suffering Indonesian Christians.