Religious freedom flourishing in small India village

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In Kanakheri, India, a village woman, Gita, works on her husband's family's farm. She was born Hindu yet converted to Christianity once she married a Christian.

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Shannon Carroll

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    In Kanakheri, India, a village woman, Gita, works on her husband's family's farm. She was born Hindu yet converted to Christianity once she married a Christian.

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    Shannon Carroll

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    In Kanakheri, Hindus and Christians live side-by-side and engage in everyday life rituals and coming of life ceremonies, such as marriages.

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    Shannon Carroll

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    In Kanakheri, India, a village woman, Gita, works on her husband's family's farm. She was born Hindu yet converted to Christianity once she married a Christian.

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    Shannon Carroll

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    A Christian woman stands in the courtyard of her home with her husband and a friend who is Hindu, pictured sitting in the background.

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    Shannon Carroll

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    "The Church is peaceful and does not force conversions," Sister Marla said as she sits on a chair in a Christian family's farm house.

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    Shannon Carroll

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    A Hindu girl looks over the fence at the AIDS clinic residing on church property. "Jesus I love you" adorns her arm in Henna, written by a Christian villager who works at the clinic. She is HIV negative, however, her Dad died two years ago from AIDS, and her Mom and younger brother whom she lives with at the clinic have AIDS as well. She attends the free government school in Kanakheri, and the nuns pay for her books and uniform.

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    Shannon Carroll

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    A Hindu man and his son take a nap in the afternoon.

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    Shannon Carroll

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    A village girl feeds her family's roosters in the morning. Although the village is starting to slowly modernize, the villagers subsist on a traditional agrarian way of life.

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    Shannon Carroll