More Myanmar refugees enter Manipur

Ukhrul: A large number of refugees from Aungzangya and Momo Mongjang of Myanmar have arrived into India at Phaikoh, Huimin-Thana, Zoro and Aloyo under Kamjong district in Manipur.

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Sources informed that “around 600 people from Myanmar have moved towards the Indian side for safer accommodation. The refugees are mostly from Shan, Myanmarese (Burmese) and a few Kuki.”

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Phaikoh, the last village shares an international pillar boundary number 102 and it is about 33km from Kamjong Headquarters. District Administration of Kamjong is extensively collecting biometric data and other details of all the individuals. Due to language barrier, the officers on the ground are facing difficulty collecting the necessary information. Those refugees who can barely speak Manipuri are assisting the officers in collecting detailed data of each and individual. Interpreters are helping the police in filling up the documents. All the Myanmar refugees are mandated to fill the 9 page form. “Every form has its own unique serial number” stated Kamjong police.

CMO of Kamjong, Dr. Lucy Duidang is leading the medical team and organising a health camp at Kheirongren Camp (new settlement area of Ramphoi village). Dr. Lucy Duidang informed that most of the people are suffering from upper respiratory tract infection and low hyper tension problems.

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Humanitarian aid in essential commodities such as rice dal, potato, onion, cooking oil, soap toothpaste and toothbrush etc. are being provided by the District Administration of Kamjong, the Raizan Traders Association and Kheirongren Settlement Committee of Ramphoi village.

Wilson Jajo, chairman of Kheirongren Settlement Committee (Ramphoi) informed that “there are around 300 refugees at Kheirongren Camp. The camp is constructed by the youths volunteers from Ramphoi and the Committee is providing necessary assistance. The volunteers are cooking and constructing temporary camps for the refugee. Another 57 refugees from Myanmar have moved in today.”

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Most of the refugees staying at Kheirongren Camp are from Shan and Burmese.

“With no extra clothes, we have managed to escape and cross the border,” said one of the refugees staying at Kheirongren Camp. The temporary open camp is without power supply and other basic amenities.

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Apart from food and other eatables, Ramphoi and the neighbouring villages are donating blankets and utensils for the refugees.

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President of Tangkhul Naga Zingsho Longphang, AS. Nathan informed that there are around 200 refugees at Zoro and Aloyo camp.

A team of journalists from Ukhrul District Working Journalists Association on Saturday visited Phaikoh and Kheirongren Camp to take stock of the prevailing situations.

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