Nagaland Home Minister Imkong Imchen has called upon the people to pray for those affected by the recent ethnic clashes in neighboring Assam.
"Although we could not go there physically at this hour of their grief, we as neighbor should pray for them and share their pains,” Imchen said during a tribal festival-cum-youth expo Tsungrem-mong in Mokokchung.
Violence between Bodos and Muslims in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts of Assam claimed 58 lives and rendered nearly 400,000 homeless.
Imchen said people of Mokokchung as next door neighbor to Assam should have a special concern for those who lost their relatives and their homes.
Ao Nagas celebrate the traditional festival in the first week of August for bumper harvest.
Cultural troupes representing different Naga tribes participated in the event.
Many young entrepreneurs and self help groups, particularly women societies, took part in the expo displaying their products.
The home minister also handed over a cheque of 5 million rupees to Mokokchung Entrepreneurs Consortium as seed money for helping the prospective entrepreneurs through micro credits.
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