Chin Community Network Formed in Delhi
03 May 2011: A new community-based Chin network was last Tuesday established in a meeting attended by nearly 20 people from Dai, Lemro, Mara, Matu, Mün and Zotung areas in Burma’s Chin State based in New Delhi, India.
The newly formed body, called Chin Community Network-India (CCN-India), aims to stand as a platform for sharing information and news, exchanging ideas and building closer communication among the communities in the Indian city.
Chairman of CCN Pa Salong, from Matupi Town in Chin State, told Chinland Guardian: “This [CCN-India] is not a political or religious party but purely a community-based network through which people can communicate better and help each other.”
“We are not limited to specific areas or regions as such in terms of scope and partnership. Our intention is only to create a ground for information sharing towards strengthening our relationship, understanding and unity,” added Mr. Salong.
CCN-India also aims to educate Chin refugees in Delhi on human rights, politics, economics and social knowledge in a bid to help solve the many problems facing the Chin communities in India.
It is estimated that there are about 10,000 Chin refugees and asylum seekers from Burma currrently living in Delhi, India.
The statement issued today by CCN-India noted that it will focus on working together with other Chin communities, different ethnic groups from Burma and international social organisations.
Meanwhile, about 44 Chin refugees including children and elderly have since late March been camping out in makeshift shelters in an open space near the UNHCR Office in Delhi in hope of getting assistance and protection from the UN refugee agency.
Van Biak Thang