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Violence Closes Bridge of Hope Center

Students at a GFA Bridge of Hope center like this one have fled their villages after skirmishes between the Indian Army and a rebel group made the area unsafe.

MANIPUR, INDIA (ANS) -- A Bridge of Hope center in Manipur, India, was forced to close after the area around the center was caught in the crossfire between the Indian Army and a rebel group last week.


The Indian Army launched "Operation Summer Storm," an effort to snuff out the United National Liberation Front (UNLF). According to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, the UNLF is one of the oldest insurgent groups in Northeast India. It was established in 1964 with the stated goal of establishing an independent Manipur nation with a socialist government. The group was mostly peaceful until 1990 when they formed the Manipur People's Army. During the past 19 years, the group has led several attacks on the Indian Army in Northeast India.

Earlier this week, the battle between the UNLF and the Indian Army reached Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is where the Bridge of Hope center is located. Most other activity has been suspended in the area as well, and the people have taken refuge at relief camps to escape the fighting.

So far, 11 militants have been killed in the battle.

GFA leaders in Manipur shared the following prayer requests:

Pray for a peaceful end to Operation Summer Storm.

Pray for safety for the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire.

Ask the Lord to change the hearts of the rebels so that they would choose to follow Him.

Pray that the Bridge of Hope center would be able to reopen.


Source: Assist News