Aizawl, the spectacular hill-city of Northeast India’s Mizoram State, is host to Chin/Zo refugees from Burma’s Chin State, Sagaing Division and northern Arakan Sate. They form as much as 10 percent of Mizoram’s current population.
Mizoram’s Mizo people are culturally related to the Chin/Zo people of western Burma and share the Christian religion. But relations with the refugees have often been tense, with rising crime rates blamed on newcomers. In recent years, outreach efforts have produced better understanding between the Mizos and the refugees.
Some long-term refugees in Delhi set up the Yamuna Clinic to provide medical care for families in the slums. With changes in Burma, some Delhi-based Burmese dissidents are returning, but most of the Chin/Zo refugees do not feel that their homeland is safe enough yet for them to return.