65 Even more refugees from Bangladesh seek shelter in Mizoram

Aizawl: At least 65 refugees, including 27 women and 24 children, have entered Mizoram’s southern Lawngtlai district from Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in the past two days, officials said on Monday.

Officials said the new refugees came to Mizoram following problems caused by the conflict between the Bangladesh army and armed ethnic groups in the mountainous areas of the neighboring country’s southeastern region.

The refugees have sought shelter in the village of Vathuampui and the villagers are providing them with food.

This has increased the number of refugees from CHT in the state to 1,433.

On May 10, 127 refugees from CHT entered Mizoram and took shelter in 6 villages.

The newcomers belong to the Bawm and Pang tribal communities who called themselves the Kuki-Chin.

Refugees from CHT first fled to Mizoram in November 2022 after an armed confrontation broke out between the Bangladesh Army and ethnic armed groups fighting for a separate state for indigenous people in the CHT.

Meanwhile, following the military coup in Myanmar in February 2021, more than 34,350 people from Chin State fled the neighboring country to Mizoram and are now staying in all eleven districts of the state.

Mizoram shares an unfenced border of 510 km and 318 km with Myanmar and Bangladesh respectively.