SEWA INTERNATIONAL BHARAT (SIB)
Appeal for support to riots – hit people in Assam

Sewa International has been at the forefront of relief and rehabilitation during the natural calamities and man-made calamities in many countries like Bharat, USA, Guyana, UK, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and some more, for more than 2 decades. SIB appeals to all the benevolent to extend their hand for providing succor to these riots -affected people in Assam.

A Glimpse-

Since Friday, July 20 when the orgy of violence began in lower Assam and Kokrajhar town more than 170,000 people have fled their homes, with at least 500 villages belonging to both Bodos and Bangladeshi immigrants in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts reduced to cinders. In relief camps, overcast skies, billowing smoke, and pale faces of thousands of people huddled in groups spoke of the scale of the human tragedy, inviting comparisons with the last time such killings had occurred, in 2008, when 60 people were butchered and more than one lakh displaced in the violence between rogue elements amongBodos and Bangladeshi immigrants. On Tuesday, July 24 inspector-general ofpolice S N Singh confirmed 32 dead but other sources warned the toll could be higher and many wounded by either sickle or knife attacks or bullets could die in hospitals.Tales of suffering are no less poignant from members of the Bodo community. Durga Basumatary of Malgaon in Kokrajhar ran for safety leaving behind her home and property, all of which is now gutted. She had no one to turn to for help and was disconnected with her family. Her village, Malgaon in Kokrajhar, was set afire by miscreants on Tuesday morning. About 50 houses were destroyed.

Durga gasps for breath as she explains what she went through. “We ran for our lives when our village was set ablaze. I didn’t know where I was going when I left my village. My husband went in another direction,” Durga wept.Tensions ran high in Sishubari of Chirang district on Tuesday July 24, when miscreants armed with firearms and sharp weapons reached the banks ofHuthoti River, which divides the Bodo and Bangladeshi Immigrants villages. A face-off was averted after both sides assured that they won’t enter each other’s villages.While Sishubari is little relieved for the time being, other villages across Chirang and Kokrajhar live in fear. Outsiders are chased out and even journalists have been prevented from entering some villages.

Fact File:-

Total Relief Camps Run by Sewa Bharati – 303 Deaths in Camps – 124 Children. 2 Year age Children in Camps – 8,076. Pregnant Women – 2428. Total Needy Patients – 93,789. Diarrhea Patients – 14994. Dysentery Patients – 3374. Malaria Patients – 100. Viral Fever Patients – 23088.

More Bodies found, fear grips State

Just when the four districts under Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) were limping back to normal after ethnic riots left 56 people dead, police found more bodies in Chirang and Kokrajhar on Sunday August 5, creating panic and taking the toll to 60. While two bodies were found in Kokrajhar, two others were recovered in Chirang. A mob attacked bus passengers in retaliation around 10am in Chirang wounding some. At least 15 abandoned houses were gutted in Kokrajhar on Saturday while three were injured when a radio explosive went off in Baksa district of BTC. The violence took place even as relief camp inmates were sent back to their villages amid tight security. With fears of renewed violence, indefinite curfew was clamped down on Chirang while Kokrajhar police are restricting the entry of vehicles to avoid fresh flare-ups.

Amid fear of attacks, people continued to rush to 303 relief camps in Chirang and Kokrajhar districts. People also rushed out of Bodoland Territorial Council for safety. SIB reiterates its commitment to provide relief to people in distress through this appeal.

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