Sewa International Support to Reang Tribes (Bru), Tripura
Arrival of 13 computers with furniture, 1 projector and 5 footballs for the Reang (Bru) Refugees in Tripura/Mizoram, sparked a wave of joy in the refugee camps where tribal people have been suffering from gross neglect for 18 years.
The Reang tribals, who locally call themselves “Bru”, have lived in makeshift camps in northern Tripura since October 1997 when they fled western Mizoram due to ethnic violence. Presently, there are 5,286 tribal families comprising 31,223 men, women and children sheltered in seven camps made of bamboo and hemp in Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions under North Tripura district adjoining Mizoram.
Their condition is very pitiful as they are rendered “refugees” in their own nation, with none of the 2 governments(Mizoram & Tripura) willing to give them full rights of a citizen. They get minimal ration of 600g rice/salt and Rs. 5/day/person, with minimal support for livelihood.
Sewa International has decided to support our Reang brethren and help them grow out of misery by connecting with youth and exploring new opportunities. We had earlier supplied 2 computers few months back which received great support. Our local partner, Bru Tribal Development Society, had trained 22 students in computers and were looking for more help.
We decided to supplement the current computer centre with 8 new computers and open another computer centre in Reang tribal area in Mizoram with 5 computers. Also, 5 footballs were supplied to engage the youth in sports.