Photo Essay: Bnei Menashe in crisis

Photo Essay: Bnei Menashe in crisis

Now, more than 3 months since the start of the ethnic violence that has devastated the Bnei Menashe community in Manipur in northeast India, thousands remain homeless and with no end in sight.

There are about 500 refugees in Churachandpur who fled their homes and are looking for housing. We have 200 of those displaced people in our relief center in Churachandpur. In Kangpopki there are about 700 scattered refugees looking for housing. There are about 300 refugees in Moreh, who we are unable to contact at all. These members of the Bnei Menashe community had all been forced to flee their homes since the violence began between the Meitei and Kuki tribes and most of these have been left homeless and destitute.

We continue to be deeply concerned and are doing everything we can to provide their needs and to ease this difficult time. Some of our staff on the ground in India have taken these poignant photos showing the amazing efforts to provide the children with as much normalcy as possible to try and alleviate the situation for them.


Our teacher Sarah Haokip focusing with full efforts to make every child understands what they learn.


Shavei Israel marching forward in helping children with education, self discipline and with full dedication.


Free education to Bnei Menashe children affected by the ongoing state sponsored ethnic violence in Manipur.


Ecstatically happy learning again amidst the crisis.







We are doing whatever we can. You can help! Please make your generous donation to: Bnei Menashe Relief Fund.