The violent attacks against minority groups in Manipur, a state nestled in the northeastern part of India along the Burmese border, continue to unfold.
Early this year, peaceful protests against the removal of protections for the rights of ethnic minorities in the state escalated into a vicious backlash of violence from mobs composed of members of the majority ethnic group. The violent mobs targeted the ethnic and religious minorities with devastation that has resulted in an estimated 181 lives lost, over 300 people wounded, and an astonishing 54,488 individuals forced to flee their homes, seeking refuge in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. Many of the minority groups are Christians and over 250 places of worship and church buildings, have been destroyed or severely vandalized.
Partnering with our network of local leaders, 21Wilberforce was alerted to a pressing need among the displaced individuals within the IDP camps. The psychological trauma borne out of this conflict has inflicted immeasurable pain, leaving women, men, and children scarred and in need of urgent therapy.
Responding to this call, local trained Christian clinical counselors are prepared to journey to the IDP camps in Manipur and to offer solace, healing, and companionship to those affected by the trauma of violence. To propel this mission forward, 21Wilberforce, with a matching grant, has raised over $5,000 to fund this project. This amount will launch the project and provide for the living expenses of 8 to 10 counselors over a span of 2 to 3 months. This encompasses vital necessities such as food, travel, lodging, and their invaluable time spent ministering to those in the IDP camps.
While the situation is showing signs of de-escalation, the scars remain. We urge you to keep Manipur in your thoughts and prayers. Pray for those who have suffered, for the dedicated individuals and organizations working tirelessly to rebuild lives, and for lasting peace to grace this land.