Manipuri Nagas handing over relief items to NSCN-IM cadre in Senapati district on Friday  Credit: EastMojo image 

Senapati: In a first-of-its-kind social outreach programme amidst the global pandemic, Nagas living in Manipur handed over COVID-19 relief items to the cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) stationed in one of the designated camps in the state on Friday.

The outreach programme themed, ‘A touch of goodwill on the pandemic watch,’ is an effort at building peace and harmony in the society at the Huthrong Brigade area in Senapati district. This is one of the designated camps of the Naga armed group in Manipur.

The organisers called it an initiative emphasised to fight against COVID-19.

Naga leaders at the Huthrong Brigade in Senapati district

The relief items include rice, pulses and personal protection items like face masks and hand sanitisers. Vegetable seeds along with farming tools were also distributed for cadres to invest their time in quality plantation during the lockdown.

Speaking at the event, United Naga Council (UNC) former president KS Pauleo informed that they had come to solidarity with the group amid the COVID-19 lockdown which is contagious and fatal by nature.

He also appealed to the Naga armed group to promote peace in these trying times and maintain the trust people have on them.

“As a Naga Army and as a Naga people, we have to be truthful to our nation, truthful towards our people and most importantly to the Naga cause to which you have already sacrificed your lives. Let us all be sincere with each other and be dedicated to our nation-building,” added the Naga leader.

NSCN-IM cadres at the relief items distribution in Senapati district on Friday 

Meanwhile, UNC former president Gaidon Kamei maintained that the greatest threat to mankind is neither missiles nor the nuclear bomb at this juncture, but the novel coronavirus pandemic.

As per reports, the virus which has affected to over 200 nations and territories has killed at least 2,69,729 people globally.

The spread of the virus is unstoppable right now and our only resort from this blistering health crisis is seeking God’s protection and mercy from this disease, Kamei added.

Thermometer scanning at the main gate at Huthrong Brigade
The church at Huthrong Brigade

The event also saw a performance by folk singer, Guru Rewben Mashangva, who sang newly composed song apt for the times, ‘Let’s make this lockdown memories together’ and enthralled the cadres.

“Though we are lockdown with our loved ones, it’s a precious moment for you and me. If you are in quarantine, that is not the end and it will not last long…..,” read the lyrics.

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