The small Indian state of Manipur has been engulfed in ethnic conflict as the two largest groups, the majority Meitei and the minority Kuki, fight for control of territory and influence.

The state of Manipur, which has Imphal as its capital, is located in northeastern India. It is bordered by the Indian states of Assam to the west, Mizoram to the south, and Nagaland to the north. Moreover, it shares boundaries with two parts of Myanmar: The Chin State to the south and Sagaing Region to the east.

What is happening?

Long-running conflicts between Meitei, Kuki, and Naga groups over competing nationalist and religious interests have resulted in clashes with Indian security forces on both sides. However, the Meitei and the Kuki are the only two parties involved in the most recent conflict.

Since the start of the violence, at least 130 people have died and 400 have been injured. As the army, paramilitary forces, and police work to put an end to the bloodshed, more than 60,000 people have been driven from their homes.

Numerous churches, more than a dozen temples, police armouries, and villages have all been destroyed.

 

 

 

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