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Jakarta Post

Shiite followers from Madura live in fear

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 10 2012   /  09:20 am

At least 23 Shiite followers from Sampang, Madura, in East Java, have been forced to lead a nomadic life after an anti-Shiite group threatened to kill them and burn their homes.

The 22 followers and their Shiite community leader Tajul Muluk were evicted from Nangkernang hamlet, Karam Gayam village, Omben district, Sampang, after an arson attack on Dec. 29 last year.

They sometimes stay in Surabaya, Pasuruan and Malang and live off of donations. Two of Tajul’s children cannot attend school due to the situation.

Tajul’s other followers, who were allowed to return home, said they were in a state of distress because they often received death threats.

Speaking to The Jakarta Post in Surabaya on Friday, Tajul said that his mother had also received threats from members of an anti-Shiite group that their homes would be burned when she returned to Nangkernang villa...