Aizawl: In a display of solidarity, the leaders of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the apex student body of Mizoram, recently visited the Kuki-Zomi inhabited regions of violence-stricken Manipur.
The MZP leaders, who also visited those areas often referred to as the “frontlines,” witnessed the valiant efforts of Kuki-Zomi village defenders armed with licensed weapons, protecting the hill areas from marauding Meitei groups, who form the majority.
In a press statement released on Thursday, the MZP highlighted their visit to several duty posts of the village defenders in Lamka (Churachandpur) district, where they distributed medicines and cash worth Rs 80,000. These contributions were made by individuals from Mizoram, aimed at assisting the troubled tribal areas.
On Wednesday night, the Joint Student Body of Lamka organised a poignant candlelight vigil in the town to honour the lives lost during the ethnic conflicts in Manipur. The leaders of MZP attended this solemn event.
Addressing the vigil, MZP President Lalnunmawia Pautu stated, “Now is the time for unity within the ethnic Zo community. Our collective strength will empower us and ensure our survival.”
Pautu also expressed unwavering support from the people of Mizoram towards the Zo tribal community in the Manipur hill districts, asserting that they would not suffer hunger as long as their counterparts in Mizoram had sustenance.
During their visit, the MZP team also paid a visit to the office of the Hmar Student’s Association (HSA) in Lamka, where a funeral service was held for David Thiek, a victim of a brutal killing and beheading. The MZP extended financial support, known as “Ralna” or ex-gratia, to the HSA as a gesture of solidarity.
The people residing in the Manipur hill areas expressed profound gratitude to the individuals, political parties, civil societies, and churches that offered a helping hand to the tribal communities during their time of need, as stated in the press release.