United Naga Council (UNC), Naga Women Union (NWU) and All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM), in a joint condolence message, said that they were saddened at the loss of “our dear friend S. Phakhami on May 10, 2021 at RIMS, Imphal, due to Covid-19 pandemic”.
According to the joint statement, S. Phakhami was someone who selflessly rendered his service in the Naga people’s movement for self determination as a humble member of Naga People Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) for decades. “The news of his demise has rippled among us with deep sadness and created an irreplaceable void for the family and Nagas at large,” they added.
UNC, ANSAM and NWU then acknowledged his “sincere service” to the Naga society as a “passionate steward” for the rights and welfare of the Tangkhul community and Naga people in general. The statement also said that Phakhami was instrumental in various movements launched by the Naga people in defending “our land, identity and history”.
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According to the three Naga bodies, in the midst of horrendous situation during early 1990s ethnic conflict, S. Phakhami was one of the people who worked tirelessly aiding the victims and organizing the youth for supporting the victims’ families in taking the remains of their loved ones home. “Risking his life, he visited villages that were attacked and razed to the ground, organized relief and also played a key role in the documentation relating to the conflict. His indispensable contribution in our journey will continue to remain in our memories,” UNC, NWU and ANSAM recalled.
The three Naga organizations then offered their prayers and “deep” condolences to the bereaved family members and his relatives who will have to reconcile with his absence. “May the Almighty God grant the strength to accept the hard realities of death and assuage the anguish of the bereaved family. May his soul rest in eternal peace!,” the message added.