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Ethnic Violence in Assam: Response from CASA
The ethnic violence in Assam refers to a series of ongoing violent attacks that flared on 19 July 2012 in the Indian state of Assam. The violence arose from a long history of ethnic conflict between indigenous Bodos and migrant Muslims from Bangladesh. As of 5th August 2012, at least 62 people have died and over 400,000 people have been displaced, from almost 500 villages, taking shelter in 250 relief camps.

Such clashes are not new in the Kokrajhar district of Assam. More than 100 people were killed in 1993 in similar clashes. The Bodo communities now have an autonomous territorial council which is under the control of one of their parties called the Bodoland People's Front (BPF). However, some opine that ‘migrants’ have encroached much of the land they traditionally occupied. The migrants and their descendants have also become more assertive with the formation of the Assam United Democratic Front which seeks to protect the rights of minorities and their periodic displacement through violence.

While affected populations are compelled to live in relief camps because of this violence, they do not feel safe and secure to go back to their native villages. Amidst such uncertainty, they preferred to live in relief camps than going back to home. Though it is too difficult to ascertain the number of houses being burnt by either groups, but it is observed that, quite several houses are burnt by the extremist. In some villages, some unidentified persons looted the valuable items from some houses and nobody was there to protest them. With all anxiety, tension and panic they are living in relief camps which are arranged either in schools or college premises. The health and hygienic conditions of affected people are deteriorated as observed by the RRF team from the ACT India Forum during their visit to the relief camps. Women, children and elderly are bore the brunt of the situation in various relief camps in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts.

According to Assam's Health Minister, around 8,000 children under the age of two years are sick at these camps, while hundreds of others have tested positive for malaria. There are also around 4,000 pregnant women in the camps who need medical support. The Chief Minister assured that priority is being given to sanitation and cleanliness at these camps. However, he did add that "there are forces trying to disturb the rehabilitation work." He also added that efforts were being made to decongest the camps and nearly 100,000 people have already been sent back to their villages. (source NDTV)

Though the state Government is trying its best to restore normalcy with the help of central combat forces and other paramilitary forces, the victims badly need help from someone whom they can trust. Thus the intervention of voluntary organizations, especially secular and philanthropic Institutions for resettlement and confidence building is very much required. The most urgent needs at the moment are clothing, basic food items, temporary shelter and a place to settle and restart their livelihood activities.


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Chale Chalo

Children’s Community Radio: Voice to Voiceless Marginalized Children in Nuapada District, Orissa

“Mor Tune Mor Kathani” (Its My Voice: Its My Story) – Child Community Radio of CHALE CHALO has proved as an important advocacy tool for promoting Children’s Right to Survival, Protection, Development and Participation. All the programs are performed in remote villages with the marginalized local children in local cultural forms using local language. Children and adults in thousands of villages has been listening the Child Community Radio Programs for last two years broadcasted by All India Radio Station, Bhawanipatna from 1.20 PM to 1.50 PM on 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. It has complete children and communities’ acceptability, ownership and self-driven. So far 42 Episodes have been broadcasted and intensive narrowcasting done in project villages for participatory learning and action to address their issues. The children do enjoy the programs as lots of funs & learning involved in the process.


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