Sri Lankan Tsunami Disaster:

28 December  2004
 

The Tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka has taken over 30,000 lives, and over another 1,000,000 people are displaced and living in refugee camps all over Sri Lanka.

Members of the Sinhaya team in Sri Lanka have been visiting the affected areas from the day after the tsunami, carrying medical, food, clothing and other essential supplies to affected people. So far, we have visited Galle, Matara and Hambantota number of times, most trips taking 24 hours from Colombo round trip. The situation during the first week was critical as very little supplies were getting to the effected people due to poor road conditions, and international aid not arriving. We only saw small groups of individuals helping out, along with Sri Lankan Red Cross and few other NGO groups. The situation has now somewhat improved, and  urgent materials are getting through to most areas. Most urgent need at this stage is to get people out of the refugee camps, and help them to get their lives back to normal, by providing them counselling, shelter, housing and other help to repair their businesses. Your help is essential at this stage.

Following groups are currently providing rehabilitation help for Sri Lankans, please support these groups generously by giving as much as you can.

Sri Lankan US Embassy

SOS Sri Lanka

Sarvodaya

International Federation of the Red Cross

Save The Children

Care International

Oxfam

Medecins Sans Frontieres

World Vision


LTTE: Curse of the Sri Lankan Tamils
Time after time, the LTTE terrorist group have turned out to be the curse of the Sri Lankan tamils. This has proven to be the case once more in the aftermath of the massive tsunami disaster suffered by the Sri Lankan Tamils in the north and east of the country.

LTTE began to politicise the tsunami disaster almost as fast as the tsunami waters receded from the north east coast-line. Firstly, they started hijacking aid deliveries, and then went on to block aid deliveries that were not authorised by the terrorist group. Immediately following this, the LTTE got into a bitter argument with the Sri Lankan government on aid delivery, instead of working with them to deliver aid to the Tamils in the North and East who were suffering badly. As a result of this bickering, a clear window of opportunity was missed to get help for the Tamil people from the world, and UN general secretary Kofi Annan could not visit the north and the east of the country. Whatever the rights and wrongs of these arguments are, the people who have suffered the most are the Tamils in the North and the East. Now the LTTE terrorist are engaging in the despicable act of forcibly recruiting orphaned children from the tsunami refugee camps. While the south of the country is getting help, recovering, and will start the rebuilding effort soon, the Tamils in the North and the East will be confined to the refugee camps without an end to their suffering in sight.

LTTE have driven the once prosperous Tamils of north and east of the country to despair. Most people in these areas now live in utter poverty. They have no freedom and no democracy. Anyone who opposes the LTTE's views are ruthlessly dealt with.

May be this is exactly what the LTTE wants. What place would there be for LTTE in a prosperous North and East with real democracy? This also explains why the LTTE does not want the Sri Lankan government or anyone else to re-develop the North and the East following the tsunami damage. The day the Tamils get the courage and strength to turn their back on the LTTE will be the day they will finally gain their freedom and prosperity.


 

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