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FNR advocates a Naga approach to COVID-19

Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) calls for a symbolic action and encouraged individuals and families to sing, mediate and pray in their respective homes

Kohima, June 08 (NE): The Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) calls for a symbolic action and encouraged individuals and families to sing, mediate and pray in their respective homes on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm to strengthen the Nagas against COVID-19.

FNR encourages to sing together a well known chorus, “In the name of Jesus, we have the victory”, and invited everyone to flash their mobile phones or light candles as a symbolic act of commitment to the light within us to shine in the midst of the challenges.

FNR stands in solidarity with the public and share its concern of the need for a more effective, coherent and better manage response. As citizens,the public needs to hold the government accountable and provide constructive suggestions without incapacitating its ability to respond during this medical emergency.

The forum exhorts that we must guard against the pandemic that may tempt us to run away from the urgency of naming and winning the battle against COVID-19. Government agencies alone remain limited because of the range and height at which the COVID-19 travels. Collective consciousness and action becomes one of the most important factors now.

It also added that the FNR believes by standing together with resolve and purpose, we can prevail over Covid-19.

FNR supports a comprehensive response by improving inter-tribe relations and unity in purpose, and advocates a Naga approach to COVID-19 which rises above tribal-mentality, district-centric attitude and socio-political affiliations. .

It views the Nagaland State Government’s admission to lapses, mismanagements and limitations in its COVID-19 response as a positive step.The forum suggested that the Government must take immediate corrective measures and steps to reduce the gap between public expectations and government actions on the ground.

It also urged the government, political parties, tribes and people for a responsible humane approach with gratitude, respect, dignity and understanding. FNR uploads the value that all people are equal and should be treated without discrimination.

It emphasized on the need to be kind, compassionate, caring to each other in all our relationships and encourages everyone to demonstrate responsibility in maintaining physical distancing and follow all other preventive measures.

The forum also urged all to pray for the front line workers: Medical personnel, administrative officials, police personnel, volunteers, returnees in Quarantine Centres and COVID 19 patients that are in hospitals.

Even in times of despair, the FNR said that our faith in God and our ability to act collectively and in solidarity are our greatest strengths.

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