The state of Manipur in India has experienced a violent conflict that has resulted in many deaths and displacements. The conflict started when some groups opposed the demand of another group to get special benefits from the government. The groups belong to different ethnicities and regions of the state.
The situation turned violent when a rally by one group was attacked by another group. This sparked a series of clashes and riots in several state districts, where mobs attacked homes, vehicles, and places of worship. Many buildings were damaged or destroyed by the violence. According to official sources, at least 60 people were killed, and more than 200 were injured in the violence. About 50,000 people were forced to flee their homes and seek shelter in army camps and relief centres.
The government has sent troops and imposed curfews to restore peace and order. The state has also faced internet shutdowns and evacuations of students from other states. The conflict has exposed the deep-rooted social and economic issues that affect the state.
Thankfully, none of Asha's work or people has been impacted by this situation. Still, it is important for us to be aware of what is happening within the communities and regions in which we work and support.