Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Humanitarian Tragedy In Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Rajapaksha has said that the Government has created a humanitarian corridor for some 280,000 Tamils sandwiched between the two conflicting sides. The un-told suffering of the Tamil civilians is sadly some thing that hardly ever grabs the headline of the world news. The question is how many more need to die? Every one wants to talk about terrorism of the one side but if the President is so interested in the welfare of the Tamil citizens he could halt the war today. Stop all the aerial bombing. Create conditions for all these Tamils to evacuate the so-called battle zone.

Having said that, let us not forget, during this Christmas season, when we talk about the Christ-child not offered a place in the inn. Later his parents with this child having to flee to Egypt as a refugee escaping "State terror" so to speak…One must not forget, Rajapaksha's "battle zone" is the home-land of thousands of Internally Displaced Tamils…What is the guarantee that these Tamils will not be bombed or shot down as they flee through this so-called humanitarian corridor? Is there an international body that is monitoring this movement? Is there a safe haven, a city of refuge created for these Tamils? To all these questions: Shamefully, No is the answer.


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