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Naga Hoho urges GoN to recognize displaced Nagas from Myanmar as POC

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 5: The Naga Hoho (NH) has urged the Government of Nagaland to recognize displaced Nagas from Myanmar as People of Concern (POC) and make efforts to provide aid and support on a steadfast manner.
In a representation to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, the NH said Nagas in Myanmar are the poorest, most isolated and least developed people in Myanmar. It claimed that the repressive military regimes in Myanmar since 1962 had taken untold miseries on the Naga people.
As per the representation, there are about 5000-6000 Nagas from Myanmar living in Nagaland State. Since the arrival of the Nagas from Myanmar beginning 1970s, they have been treated as kin and given relief and support by individuals, families, village communities and authorities, Churches and civil societies in Nagaland. “However, so far, we are yet to see any concrete and open policy coming from the Nagaland State Government towards the Naga refugees’ problems from Myanmar”, it said.
The NH informed that the military coup in February 2021 leading to civil disobedience movement had resulted in new displacements. Thousands fled into India, particularly in Mizoram State, and hundreds into Nagaland State. These new entrants in Nagaland are facing security and humanitarian crisis – food and shelter – and they have very little access to education, it said.
Stating that the present crisis is not only human crisis or international crisis, but as a Naga we are one people ‘the Nagas’, the NH said it is our moral and bounden duty to extend all possible help towards securing the lives of our own people.
“It is evident that the displacement crisis from Myanmar is expected to further escalate as Myanmar’s Military Junta Government continues to unleash its atrocities on its citizens and Nagas in particular”, it said while urging the Government of Nagaland to extent all possible help and support and to immediately arrange border area humanitarian support team with all medical facilities and arrange a shelter and safety for the Nagas coming from Myanmar.
As humanitarian assistance, the Naga Hoho recommended provision of food and shelter; engagement of diplomatic community in India, the international community UNHRC for working on the refugee status for the Naga refugee in the State, INGOs to sustain long-term humanitarian assistance; and grant asylum status to asylum seekers.
On education, NH recommended provision of free education in Nagaland, accommodation for students, develop “Scholarship programmes” for students in higher education.
On health care, it recommended free of cost medical health care facilities in Nagaland, develop health training programmes to build community health workers. On capacity building and empowerment, it recommended skill and knowledge development trainings and development of special programmes to capacitate them.
On security issues, NH recommended allowing free passage at the border and ensure for their security while living in Nagaland.
(Page News Service)