Thursday, May 20, 2010

Christians pray for peace in Manipur

The All India Christian Council plans a prayer meeting for peace in Manipur, where a month-old road blockade has cut off supplies of food, medicine and other essentials to this eastern Indian state.
The council said the May 22 prayer program in New Delhi will make “earnest prayers” for peace to prevail in Manipur in the backdrop of escalating violence.
“Peace, love, friendship and harmony of people in Manipur are shaken. We need God’s guidance and wisdom so the economic blockade can be called off and normal life can return to Manipur,” said Rev. Madhu Chandra, regional secretary of AICC, reported
AICC said common people in hills and valley of Manipur were suffering without food and other commodities due to the economic blockade for last one month.
“The life has reached its most difficult stage without food and essential commodities. There is acute shortage of fuel, which has affected students not being able to go to schools and colleges. Hospitals have run out of oxygen, there is shortage of medicines,” it said.
The economic blockade was to protest Manipur state’s refusal to allow Naga separatist leader Thuingaleng Muivah to visit his birthplace there.
Muivah is among leaders demanding a greater Naga homeland comprising Nagaland and parts of Manipur where Naga people live. Manipur state reportedly fears the visit would inflame Naga passions as the leader plans to address several meetings.

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