A returnee woman arrives to receive cash during an unconditional cash transfer distribution in BTAD in June 2013
The conflict in Bodo Territorial Autonomous District, Assam has resulted in thousands of families losing their homes and livelihoods and needs immediate support!
More than 300,000 internally displaced people who had fled their homes during the conflict have now returned back to their villages and rebuilding their lives. They are in desperate need of livelihoods, safe water and shelter. Oxfam India is reaching out to 23,000 people in the coming months with humanitarian assistance and is calling for more support and aid to the returnee population in BTAD, who still need further support and help.
Returnee families continue to struggle, to cope with vastly diminished livelihood options as hundreds of families risk losing this monsoon’s cropping season. Oxfam moved staff and supplies to the conflict affected area and is on the ground directly helping the returnee families to rebuild their lives. Oxfam aims to ensure that that they do not lose their crops this season and are supported with agricultural inputs. Oxfam will cover 22700 people in 21 villages of Kokrajhar and Chirang and help restore productive assets such as agricultural tools, seeds, livestock that have been lost because of the conflict.
Moreover the programme will further assist in the rehabilitation and restoration of water and sanitation facilities in the conflict affected villages.
Addressing significant early recovery needs of the people, Oxfam is assisting returnee families with emergency livelihood and water sanitation assistance with funding support from European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).
Zubin Zaman, India Humanitarian Programme Manager, Oxfam India says, “The immediate needs for hundreds of families are safety, clean water, livelihood assets, inputs and shelter. These are basic human needs, the minimum that they require to rebuild their lives, and Oxfam is making every attempt to ensure that the basic humanitarian need is received by the conflict affected families.”
The Assam Ethnic Conflict Response Programme in Bodo Territorial Autonomous District is supported by European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.