Over 200 Kuki-Chin refugees take refuge in School and Church in Mizoram

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Aizawl: The Mizoram home department on Monday said that 272 Kuki-Chin refugees were lodged in a church and primary school in Simeinasora village near Mizoram-Bangladesh-Myanmar tri-junction.

Reports say that the fleeing Bangladesh nationals belong to the Kuki-Chin-Mizo community.

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The Kuki-Chin refugees who are mainly women, children and elderly fled from Chittagong Hill tracts of Bangladesh as a result of armed conflict between ethnic separatist group Kuki-Chin National Army (KNA) and Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion, said official sources, adding that the fleeing refugees entered Siminasora village in Mizoram’s southernmost Lawngtlai district on Sunday.

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Mizo Students’ Union (MSU) in order to provide humanitarian aid has urged the Border Security Forces not to prevent the fleeing refugees from entering Mizoram. 

According to TOI report a resident of Parva, who was among the volunteers providing humanitarian assistance to the refugees, told TOI over phone that the men were lodged in primary school building while the women were accommodated in a small church building. He also informed that food and vegetables are collected from nearby villages. Food and other necessary arrangements such as accommodation is being coordinated with the villagers with the help of the district administration,TOI told.

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