Rehabilitate violence-hit in Assam: NCCI

March 23, 2013 by  
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They expressed satisfaction at the restoration of peace and reconciliation in the area.

violence hit in AssamAssam, March 21, 2013: The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) along with other groups has appealed to Assam and federal governments to provide justice and rehabilitation to those affected in the recent ethnic violence in the state.

In a two-day meeting, that concluded on Thursday in Guwahati, the participants discussed the current situation in the areas of Bodoland Territorial Area (BTAD).

The meeting was organized by the NCCI and Interfaith Coalition for Peace (ICP) along with other groups.

They expressed satisfaction at the restoration of peace and reconciliation in the area which saw violence between the ethnic Bodo community and Muslims in July last year.

The clashes claimed more than 70 lives and rendered some 400,000 people homeless.

The participants also appreciated all the efforts undertaken by the governments as well as social organizations and civil society in bringing about peace and harmony in the communities.

They noted that though peace is returning in the region, there is still some amount of fear and apprehension among the communities affected by the violence.

The participants requested the civil society and social organizations to take active role in strengthening the process of peace and confidence building in BTAD.

“We request the governments to take special efforts of counseling and taking care of the needs of women and children affected by the violence including education of the children,” they said in a statement.

They also appealed to the two communities to continue dialogue to avoid any misunderstanding and further conflict.

– press release

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