The Millennium of Sri Lanka

Point 1:

Even as the end of the war has brought a new flood of refugees in the north in recent days, the United Nations, the International Red Cross and other groups have said that the military’s restrictions have curtailed their activities and are endangering the lives of a refugee population now estimated at 280,000.

Point 2:

For those who are ignorant of such efforts should at least try to see what is happening at ground level before making irresponsible statements to criticize the good work done by the government under difficult conditions,” the health minister, Athula Kahandaliyanage, said in a statement. “If such statements are irresponsibly stated, it may be with ulterior motives in order to bring disrepute and to discredit the government.”

Point 3:


Some of the seriously injured were taken to the main hospital in the town of Vavuniya, where 1,900 people were being treated earlier this week in a facility with a capacity for 450, according to Doctors Without Borders, the aid group that is helping Sri Lanka doctors there.

Most of the refugees were taken to four camps, collectively called Manik Farm and lining a main road in Vavuniya district. Aid officials with operations there said the government had set up the facilities relatively well, with about 10 people sharing tents measuring 16 feet by 10 feet.

“The camp management is actually not bad,” said one aid official. “That’s not why the government doesn’t want to let people inside. They don’t want the media to be talking to people about what happened in the conflict zones.

“And there’s still L.T.T.E. and L.T.T.E. supporters left in the camps,” the aid official added, referring to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or Tamil Tigers.

In recent days, as new refugees flooded into Manik Farm, the authorities, apparently worried that Tamil Tigers might escape in the chaos, barred relief organizations from driving their vehicles in and out of the camps.

Apparently, the show must go on.... :(

The United States, whose calls for a cease-fire were ignored by the government, recently suggested withholding a $1.9 billion International Monetary Fund loan for Sri Lanka.

In response, the Sri Lankan central bank governor, Nivard Cabraal, told reporters here that the government was working on “plan B, plan C and plan D.” The comment suggested that the government may turn for help to China, one of the main suppliers of weapons in its victory over the Tamil Tigers.

By: on 22 May 2009