Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Helping the Zomi in need

Well aware of the grave famine situations prevailing in Manipur especially in Jiribam, Chandel, Tamenglong and Churachandpur districts due to the current Mautaam which caused large-scale devastation of crops leading to total harvest failure of rice, the main staple food in the area;

Deeply concerned with the plight of our people in the remote villages in the affected areas facing starvations and death due to acute shortage of rice;

Acknowledging the facts that the efforts of our people to sensitise the authorities about the grim situations are yet to bring any succour to our suffering peoples;

Realising that, in the absence of any hope of any assistance from the authorities forthcoming in any near and foreseeable future, we cannot sit and wait only to see precious lives of our people being lost;

Admitting that it is our bounden duty to ameliorate the suffering of our own in whatever means we can and rescue them from the threats of death due to starvations;

Convinced that many members of our community ardently wish to contribute or do anything they could to help our people in time of their dire needs, but do not know as to how to help or contribute;

I appeal to all Zomis including Zomi diasporas to generously contribute to the welfare of our own people who are badly in need of a helping hand and a healing spirit and remit your generous contributions to saving account number mentioned in web.
“And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14). Esther was able to rescue her people from total destruction and annihilation because she was in the kings’s house. We also knew that Joseph was sent to Egypt under very strange circumstances in order that he might rescue his brethren and his people from the famine that devastated the land. Who knows we are also where we are in order that we can help God’s people, our people back home in the hour of their dire needs. So let us not imagine that we are safer than any other Zomi just because we are outside Zogam and currently not affected by the famine. “Relief and deliverance will rise … from another quarter” for our people. But we may miss the opportunity to be part of this great work of relief and deliverance if we do not act now and do whatever we can.
All the contributions will go directly to the saving account number mentioned elsewhere in the web. The recommended mode of contribution is by bank transfer. All contributors are requested to intimate the amount transferred to the E-mail address The funds of funds thus collected will be distributed on the recommendation of local bodies like ZMA, ZYA etc. in Lamka. Every contributor will be displayed on the website: with the amounts contributed unless otherwise instructed. The details of the distribution will also be updated on the web as and when done.
For those individuals who are in the region of Delhi, in case bank transfer is found inconvenient, the contributions may be handed over to one of the persons under the headline ‘Contact Us’.
This effort may not be construed as contradictory to any other efforts by any other concerned persons, groups of persons or associations/organizations to alleviate the sufferings of our people, but as a humble effort to supplement or complement to such other efforts. In this hour of crisis, there could be no TOO SMALL or TOO BIG efforts. Any support, even moral and oral ones, would make a difference to our suffering brothers and sisters back home. For we all know “Tuimal neu-neu in tuipi a bawl”.
In the Service of His people,
Former Ambassador of India to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,
December 19th, 2007.

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