Hojai is a city in the Assam state, located in the far Northeastern part of India. Around 40,000 people live in this city, which is known for its agarwood extraction and trade, used in incense and perfume.
The population in the state is quite mixed, which causes clashes between different groups to happen frequently.
Furthermore, the state of Assam is prone to floods, causing people to be displaced. Children are most at risk due to the consequences of violence and natural disasters.
Since 1984, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Hojai.
People in the state of Assam, where Hojai is located, are often victims of ethnic clashes, due to the very ethnically mixed population in the state.
The conflicts often happen for religious reasons, land ownership disputes, and illegal immigration issues with Bangladeshis.
Due to these conflicts, often families have to leave their homes and are displaced or become victims of violence. Around 250,000 people in the whole state are displaced due to these conflicts, and children are most vulnerable to the lack of security and a safe home.
Assam state, where Hojai is located, is prone to natural disasters. Around 40% of Assam’s total land area as flood prone. In the last ten years, the region has been affected by heavy floods. Crops have been destroyed and people have been displaced, leaving them without a home, proper food or drinkable water. Due to climate change, the floods are only expected to worsen, and it already affects millions in the state.
Children are most at risk to the consequences of these floods, having to survive in destruction those floods cause every single year.