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The communal violence that broke out in Odisha after the murder of Laxmanananda Saraswathy, a right wing leader more than 5000 homes destroyed and nearly 100 people lost their lives while 50,000 were made refugees in their own land. The socio-economically week SC and ST communities were made to fight each other. Though the epicenter of the violence was Kandhamal, 13 other districts also were affected in the communal violence of 2008. Caritas India and the Diocesan Caritas (Diocesan Social Service Societies) of the five dioceses of Orissa woke up to a rude shock to realize that the 2008 communal violence was a huge man-made disaster.