More than 10,700 people, mostly tribals, from the strife-torn state of Manipur have sought refuge in the neighboring states of Mizoram and southern Assam. The displacement is a result of the ongoing ethnic clashes between the Kuki and Meitei communities. The Kuki community has been opposing the inclusion of the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) list.
Displaced People’s Plight
Of the individuals who have taken shelter in Mizoram camps, at least three displaced individuals, including two children, have tragically lost their lives due to various ailments. Additionally, two others were killed in a road accident while fleeing their homes in Churachandpur, Manipur. The violence in Manipur has claimed over 100 lives and left 320 others injured.
According to officials in Mizoram’s capital, Aizawl, a total of 9,501 tribal people from Manipur have taken shelter in 10 districts of the state. The highest number of displaced people, 3,481, have sought refuge in the Kolasib district, which borders southern Assam. Aizawl and Saitual districts have accommodated 3,157 and 2,390 displaced individuals, respectively. In Mizoram, an additional 473 displaced people have taken refuge in towns such as Champhai, Khawzawl, Serchhip, Mamit, Lunglei, Hnahthial, and Siaha.
In response to the crisis, the Mizoram government, under the guidance of Chief Minister Zoramthanga, has formed a committee led by Home Minister Lalchamliana. This committee is responsible for addressing the various needs and concerns of the internally displaced people from Manipur. It includes representatives from the Young Mizo Association (YMA), Mizoram Journalists’ Association, Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), and several ministers.
Around 1,200 people from Manipur have taken shelter in approximately 12 camps located in Assam’s Cachar district. The Assam government has been providing essential supplies, including food and shelter, to support these displaced individuals during their time of need.
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