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KIF Celebrates 8 Years Of Journey

KIF representative Chongboi Haokip (right) after meeting Japanese World War II veterans in Japan in May 2005

The U.S.-based Kuki International Forum (the global Kuki Forum) completes eight years on December 29, 2010. The organization was formed at a meeting held from 29-30 December 2002 in the United States of America. Since its inception, the Forum has made great accomplishments.

In the first few years of its formation, the Forum submitted memoranda and letters to different heads of governments and organizations, including the then U.S. President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, highlighting the issues of the Kuki people.

During the past eight years, the Forum representatives have had discussions or interviews with a number of socio-political leaders from Burma and India. The interviewees included people from the same group who are internationally known with different nomenclatures such as Chin, Kuki, and Mizo.

The Forum representatives in Japan also interviewed Japanese World War II veterans in search for the missing World War II fighters from the Kuki community.

KIF General Secretary Nehginpao Kipgen (right) speaking at Georgetown University, USA, in April 2008

The Forum leadership has been invited to speak at different academic institutions in the United States of America, including School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and George Mason University. The leadership has also been interviewed by different radio and television programs.

In recent years, the organization’s focus shifted to research, publication and networking. With the new emphasis, the Forum has published hundreds of articles electronically at its website, www.kukiforum.com. These materials have been widely cited or reproduced in numerous newspapers, journal articles, and at seminars.

The works of the Forum leadership have been widely published around the world in about 30 countries, spanning five continents – Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America.

With the increase in membership, the Forum listserv, that is, Kukiforum has presently been subscribed by over three thousand one hundred and fifty (3,150) members belonging to the different Kuki tribes/ clans and other concerned friends from around the world.

On its birth anniversary, the Forum leadership thanks thousands of its supporters, well-wishers, and representatives across the globe, and urges for their continued support and cooperation in its future endeavors.

*For any questions or concerns, the KIF leadership can be contacted by e-mail at contact@kukiforum.com or kukiforum@yahoo.com.

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