AIZAWL: The children of the internally displaced people from Manipur taking shelter in Mizoram were urged by Mizoram’s school education minister Lalchhandama Ralte on Thursday to get admitted in schools here without any fear, and continue their studies in their adopted home.
Minister Ralte was in his home constituency to meet the violence-hit people who fled from Manipur to the border villages of Sakawrdai and Khawpuar here. He said a notification has been issued by the Mizoram government to accept all the internally displaced students, in order to help them resume their studies.
Ralte also informed that more than 1,200 internally displaced people from Manipur are currently taking shelter in his Tuivawl assembly constituency.
"Though a large number of internally displaced people have joined their relatives and friends, some of them have to be lodged in relief camps," the minister said. He further added that two camps are being set up in Sakawrdai village, in the constituency which he said is hosting the most number of refugees.
Ever since the violent ethnic clashes broke out in Manipur on May 3, almost 8,000 internally displaced people have taken shelter in the state. State home department officials pegged the number of internally displaced people taking shelter in Mizoram at 7,927 on Thursday, while there was a fresh influx of 122 people from the neighbouring state during the last 24 hours
According to the 2011 Census, Mizoram has a population of 10,97,206 and a geographical area of 21,081 sq km. However, it is at present home to 43,703 refugees from Myanmar and internally displaced people from Manipur.
According to state home department officials, 35,126 refugees from Myanmar have taken shelter in Mizoram since March 2021, following a military coup which took place that year on February 1. The flow of refugees into the state continued after the military crackdown intensified on the anti-coup protesters, which was termed as 'Civil Disobedience Movement'.
When the civilian government of Myanmar in exile, the National Unity Government, declared civil war against the military junta on September 7, 2021, even more refugees poured in. The ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) and local civil resistance militias ramped up their attacks on the Myanmar army.
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