Reference : V-P-IN-E-00077
Date : 04/02/2011
Country/Region : INDIA
Caption : Assam, Goalpara district, Kukurkata. The chairperson of the Assam branch of the Indian Red Cross Society talks to displaced tribal people during a press conference.
Photographer : ETTER, Daniel
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, 18/02/2011 feature:

On the evening of 5 January 2011, clashes and inter-communal violence erupted between the Garo and Rabha communities in the north-eastern Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya, causing the death of at least 12 people. In all, some 50,000 people fled their homes in the middle of the night, leaving behind all their belongings.

While many reached the safety of nearby villages and found shelter in community buildings or schools, others decided to settle in makeshift camps, where lack of facilities and poor hygiene conditions make life very difficult.

In response to the hardship caused by the violence, the Assam and Meghalaya branches of the Indian Red Cross Society set about distributing emergency goods supplied by the ICRC. These included kitchen utensils, blankets, buckets, jerry cans, plastic sheeting, mugs, soap and detergent for laundry. Local Red Cross volunteers also provided psychosocial counselling and other support to help those worst affected overcome their trauma.
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