Prayers from the Kuki-Naga conflict: living through violence in Manipur

  • Asojini Rachel Kashena North Eastern Social Research Centre


This article offers an ethnographic account of individuals using Christian prayer as a coping strategy - one among others - in their process of healing in the aftermath of the traumas that resulted from the loss of their spouses during the Kuki-Naga ethnic violence that occurred between 1992 and 1998. Relationship with God through prayer provides some succour for people to cope with personal loss in militarised societies across Kangpokpi region in Manipur. Among the survivors, constant acknowledgement of God reveals a particular understanding of religion and of faith, which helps them mitigate their trauma and loss through forgiveness and validation of humanity.


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Kashena, A. (2017). Prayers from the Kuki-Naga conflict: living through violence in Manipur. The South Asianist, 5(1). Retrieved from
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