Across Boundaries: Idealising Home | Didini Tochhawng
The Chin people of Burma are a group of tribal minorities in west Burma, who have been greatly oppressed since the military junta rule in 1962. The suppressed pro-democracy movement in 1988 and the Saffron Revolution due to steep hike in fuel price in 2007 further worsened their situation. Due to immense afflictions by the military junta, religious oppression and poor economy, many left their homeland in search of a better livelihood. For many Chins, India is a destination for refuge. After finding their way to New Delhi, they seek protection from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with hopes of getting resettled to the developed western countries like USA, Australia and United Kingdom. Even though the Burmese democratic reform is in process, many who have fled/ left the country are still skeptical about the current government and are not yet ready to return to their homeland.