The elusive way home: Myanmar refugees in India's Mizoram

Thousands of Myanmar residents fled across the border to Thailand and India as armed conflict escalated following the military coup last year. While some have since returned home, many remain in limbo. In the last of a two-part series, ST meets these refugees in the Indian border district of Champhai in Mizoram.

Mr Lalzachhuana with his children and his shelter at the refugee camp in Zokhawthar. ST PHOTO: DEBARSHI DASGUPTA
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CHAMPHAI DISTRICT (MIZORAM), India - Mr Lalzachhuana cleans his solar panel lovingly, using a damp cloth to wipe the dust off its surface.

It is a luxury for his displaced family who are now forced to live in a ramshackle blue tarpaulin shelter at a refugee camp in Zokhawthar, an Indian town in Mizoram and on the border with Myanmar.

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