Although the government and constitution of Bangladesh express support for freedom of religion, discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities continues. The Church is endangered by new violent protests by Islamists, who are demanding that the country become an Islamic state and calling for the introduction of an anti-blasphemy law. Christian homes have been torched and churches threatened. Nearly 90% of the population are Muslims (over 140 million people), and there is also a sizeable Hindu minority, whereas Christians make up less than 1% of the population, have a low social status and wield little political power. Christians may be disadvantaged in education, employment and access to the police service, and several individuals (including some evangelists) have been martyred in recent years. Christians are also vulnerable to exploitation by Muslim extremists because of their poverty some Christian children are being removed from their families under false pretences and sold to Islamic schools where they are mistreated. Bangladesh is one of the world's poorest nations and is particularly prone to natural disasters such as floods and cyclones. Barnabas is helping Christians in Bangladesh through humanitarian, training, education and building projects. We are supporting Christians in Bangladesh in a number of ways, including the provision of food parcels for needy families, the funding of a conference centre for ministry training,support for five Christian schools, the distribution of Christian literature, the provision of blankets for bitterly cold winter weather, andsupport for ministry among students. We have also helped Bangladeshi Christians who have suffered as a result of flooding.