Friday, August 19, 2022

Hundreds join two-day ‘Naga Solidarity Walk’


Nagas from Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal and Myanmar joined the “Naga Solidarity Walk” which commenced at Kohima Thursday.
The solidarity walk called by Global Naga Forum (GNF) and being organised on the theme “One People One Destiny” was flagged off at around 6 p.m. after a brief programme at Lerie Kohima. The two-day walk would culminate at Senapati Town in Manipur on Friday afternoon covering a distance of 81 km.
Speaking at the flag off, GNF advisor, Dr Visier Sanyü, said Naga family was deeply divided, but there was a time for everything—time to love and to cry—and that this was the right time for Nagas to come together to build “our” nation as one people for one destiny.
He said that in the past, Naga ancestors fought to defend the land with guns but violence has an expiry date and that period is gone, adding that “today we want to fight for our people with our heart and love.”
Dr Sanyü said the Solidarity Walk was aimed at bringing love to replace the hate, harbour unity where there were divisions and that today the people want to fight their heart and love.
He said that through the walk the world would come to know that Nagas were one and would go the distance to do the right thing for themselves at the same time to unite Nagas as one and to defend the land.
Southern Angami People’s Organization (SAPO) president, Kevipodi Sophie lauded everyone who came forward to take part in the walk and to help unite the people.
He said the Southern Angami villages collectively supported and facilitate the walk by means of providing refreshments at all village entry points along the route.
Meanwhile, co-convenor of the Walk, Kevitho Kera, urged the participants to maintain peace and display their best behaviour.
He said the Walk was designed to be peaceful in nature and therefore reminded everyone to do it lovingly with utmost respect for authorities and armed personnel who would be on duty.
The flag off programme was chaired by co-convenor of the Walk Azo Wetsah while a prayer was pronounced by New Life Church pastor, Azahto Naga.
Meanwhile, during the lunch time at Viswema Baptist Church, GNF member Vichütuolie Mere, said the Walk was for the Naga cause. Stating that the walk was not being held for the first time, he said AZ Phizo initiated the solidarity walk about 70 years ago.
Mere said the walk was for everyone and was an indication that Nagas were one. “Our intention is clear and this walk is solely to bring the Nagas together,” he said.
Meanwhile, on reaching Mao Gate at around 1 p.m., the volunteers were given a warm welcome.
After a mass prayer, the volunteers resumed the Walk and reached Maram at around 5:30 p.m. where they would put up for the night.
The Walk would continue on July 29 and culminate at Senapati where people from all the Naga inhabited areas are expected to converge for a reception.


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