In the News: ‘Seeking Refuge: The Chin People of Mizoram State, India’

We’re grateful to Metro Lutheran for their coverage of the recently released report  “Seeking Refuge: The Chin People of Mizoram State, India.”

The report was sponsored by LIRS along with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Women’s Refugee Commission, and World Relief.

The Metro Lutheran article quotes LIRS Vice President for Mission Advancement Stacy Martin as saying that LIRS “has a strong commitment to, and a proven service track record of, working with vulnerable populations.”

“The ethnic Chins, who have been languishing in statelessness for far too long, are among the world’s most vulnerable people, which is why LIRS supported this study and why we continue to advocate for their protection,” added Martin.

According to LIRS Director for Advocacy Eric B. Sigmon, the United States “must provide leadership to help end this humanitarian crisis.”

“The United States should work with the Indian government, UNHCR, and other NGOs to provide protection to the Chins, particularly the children and single and widowed women, and to reduce the burden on India. In Mizoram State, India, the Chins seeking refuge need some form of refugee status or registration protection and humanitarian assistance,” added Sigmon. “In New Delhi, the Chin refugees would most benefit from an increase in the strategic use of resettlement.”

You can read the Metro Lutheran article here.

 

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