Creative Writing – 162
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On November 20, a group of 295 refugees arrived in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district from Bangladesh. They had fled their village in Ruma sub-district, in Bandarban district of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, to escape alleged persecution at the hands of the Bangladesh security forces.
In Mizoram, they were offered food, clothes and medicine and housed in a community hall.
They were lucky. Only days later, on December 2, a group of 117 refugees was not allowed to cross the Indian border, and an elderly person among them died of starvation, according to a 33-year-old who survived the trek.
Most of the refugees are from the Bawm tribe, a sub-tribe of the Lai tribe, which is part of the larger Kuki-Chin ethnic community. The Kuki-Chin tribes are spread out across the porous borders of Mizoram in India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar and share close ties.
In Bangladesh, members of the community are part of the Kuki-Chin National Army, an armed wing of the Kuki-Chin National Front. It emerged around 2008, and has since been demanding a separate state in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to protect the interests and preserve the culture of the ethnic communities.
In October, the Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion had launched an operation against the Front as part of its broader action aimed at “separatists and militants”. Bangladesh has alleged that the Front is harbouring the Jama’atul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya, a fundamentalist organisation, in exchange for funds.
Mizoram –Bangladesh border bristles with ethnic migration
On November 20, 295 refugees fleeing Bangladeshi harassment were cordially received by people in Mizoram’s Langtlai district.
Some days later, 117 refugees belonging to Bawn tribe, had arduously trekked to enter India, but were stopped at the border. This tribe is a part of the Kuki-chin militant outfit that demands a separate homeland. These people, spread across border areas of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar crisscross the borders with impunity. Accusing them to be terrorists, the Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion strafes them mercilessly. [89 words]