Wednesday, May 22, 2024

One year of ethnic violence in Manipur: Kuki-Zo Community Members in Hyderabad hold memorial gathering

With the ethnic violence in Manipur completing a year, the Hyderabad Unau Tribal Forum (HUTF), organised a commemorative event in solidarity with the victims on Friday.

The gathering stressed the importance of talking about the atrocities faced by the people of Manipur, the northeastern border state devastated by a year-long ethnic conflict. Attendees remembered the deceased and prayed for justice.

Participants demanded action against the culprits responsible for the violence.

“The Forum also calls upon the central government to immediately initiate steps to grant the demand for ‘separate administration’ taking into account the complete demographic and territorial separation between the Meiteis in the valley and the Kuki-Zomi-Hmar in the hills,” the HUTF official statement read.

Since ethnic violence broke out last May between the Kuki and Meitei ethnic communities, 224 people have died and at least 60,000 people have been displaced, according to official records. Many are still living in relief camps while others have fled their homes and escaped to neighbouring states including Mizoram, Assam and Meghalaya.

The violence continues widespread as the region is sharply torn apart between the hills and the valley regions, with Meiteis finding it hard to reach Kuki-dominated hill areas and the Kukis not being able to enter the Meitei-majority valley.

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