Manipur: Violence Destroyed Home, Adivasi Youth Battling Renal Disease Seeks Help for Treatment

In Manipur, amid the aftermath of violence, Holzathang Baite, a 49-year-old resident of the Kuki-dominated area, has been residing in a relief camp for over a year, grappling with serious kidney problems. His relatives have appealed for financial assistance for his treatment. The state continues to witness incidents of violence even more than a year after they first began.
Holzathang Baite and his treatment paper
Holzathang Baite and his treatment paperPic- The Mooknayak

Imphal- Located near the IB Road District Hospital in Churachandpur district of the Kuki-Bahulung hilly area, a relief camp set up in an old dilapidated school building by the Young Vaiphei Association (YVA) accommodates 49-year-old Holzathang Baite, who is struggling with a serious kidney-related illness.

Since the onset of violence last May, Holzathang Baite, one among thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs), has been staying in a relief camp set up by his community for several months.

Recently, due to complications in both kidneys, he was sent out of the state for treatment. People suffering from serious illnesses in this violence-ridden state for more than a year face immense hardships when they do not receive adequate medical facilities in their state.

With the help of some well-wishers and local residents, Holzathang Baite was taken to Shillong, where he is now admitted to NEIGRIHMS Hospital. However, the financial support provided by the local community for Baite's treatment was not sufficient to ensure proper medical care.

Forced to leave their homes due to violence, living in uncertainty and insecurity, Holzathang Baite is confronting serious health problems. A local resident in contact with Baite informed The Mooknayak that he urgently needs financial assistance for treatment to receive timely and appropriate medical care.

It is known that during the violence last August, The Mooknayak team visited many parts of Manipur and covered more than a dozen ground reports.

The ground reports by The Mooknayak uncovered a stark reality in the Kuki-dominated hilly region, home to over three lakh people, where only one government hospital serves the entire population.

At the time of their investigation, this hospital faced critical shortages of life-saving medicines and essential drugs, exacerbating the healthcare challenges for the local residents.

This was a time when women and children afflicted with serious illnesses related to cancer, liver diseases, and chicken pox were struggling with their problems in relief camps.

S. Dongthin Sang, a volunteer at the relief camp, informed The Mooknayak that Holzathang Baite has been staying in the relief camp for over a year.

They arrived from Utangpokpi village in Chandel district on May 4, their entire home and property had been burnt down. They are enduring very difficult circumstances in the relief camp. They would be very grateful if anyone could help or is willing to help.

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