IDPs from Moreh reject temporary shelters built in Thoubal dist

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Thoubal: Displaced people from the border town of Moreh have rejected the Manipur government’s plan to lodge them at temporary home shelters constructed at Yaithibi Loukol in Thoubal district.

Most of the Meitei people displaced from Moreh town in the wake of a chain of violence that erupted in the state on May 3 last were taking shelter at a relief camp opened at Wangjing Lamding Higher Secondary School in Thoubal district.

The state government is constructing prefabricated houses at Yaithibi Loukol as temporary home shelters for the displaced people.

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In a meeting convened today at the relief camp, the displaced people deliberated on the government’s plan to shift them to the temporary home shelter.

The meeting adopted a resolution rejecting the government plan while asserting that if the government wants to shift from the relief camp, they should be allowed to move to their original places in Moreh.

The meeting reaffirmed that if the government forces them out of the relief camp, they would rather stay on the streets instead of sheltering in temporary shelter homes.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the meeting, a woman inmate said, “We would like to return to our original homes at Moreh instead of staying in temporary home shelters.”

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She added that they should be allowed to stay in the relief camp until normalcy is restored and allow them to resettle at their original places in the border town.

She said that the state government provided all the basic amenities but they could not lead a happy life as they were staying in the relief camp like refugees in their own state.

“But this is not what we like. What we want is to return to our original homes and lead a normal life with our own earnings,” she said.

While echoing the voices, other inmates of the relief camp appealed to the government to take steps to resettle them in their own places at Moreh instead of trying to shift them to temporary housing shelters.

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