Another Pastor killed in Colombia
A Colombian pastor was killed as he left his church last week in the northwest of the country, in a region that has been plagued by violence from armed groups, local sources told World Watch Monitor.
Molina was known as a passionate preacher and an active youth leader working for his church and city, 670km north of the capital Bogotá, the source said.
The Caucasia region has suffered an escalation in violence for the last 4 months, according to the source. Armed groups fight for control of drug trafficking routes and the ownership of illicit crops.
“Communist guerrillas, paramilitary groups, criminal gangs and drug cartels all see the Church as an enemy to be eradicated because, thanks to the preaching and courageous action of leaders and pastors, many young people have renounced armed conflict and illegal activities,” said World Watch Monitor’s source.
Last September two other pastors in the region were killed. Pastor Galarza, a social and religious leader, was shot death in front of his family. Another religious leader, Pastor Elfren Martínez Pérez, 55, was murdered outside his home after he refused to help members of a neo-paramilitary group with transport.
Despite the 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian government and the country’s largest armed group, the FARC, killings have not stopped.
Colombia, although a majority-Christian country, is 47th on the 2019 Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian.
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