Tuesday, November 22, 2005

War and Tsunami victims suffer again


Almost a year after the Tsunami waves devastated the coasts of North-East the Tamil speaking victims of the disaster are being displaced from the temporary shelters constructed by the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) and other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO).

An agreement on the Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure (PTOMS) was signed between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to ensure equitable distribution of foreign aid across the six districts of the North-East.

While receiving international support, the PTOMS fell short of any approval from the JVP, the marxist extreme Sinhala nationalist party which runs the show in Sri Lankan politics. Due the JVP’s unwillingness to share aid with the Tamil people 152 days after being signed by both parties the agreement is almost dead and buried.

Once again the real victims of southern political dramas’ are the Tamil speaking people of the North-East.

As predicted the Monsoon rains have caused flooding across the six districts and the temporary shelters have been submerged in the flood waters.

With little help from the GoSL, the lives and livelihoods of these people rest in the hands of a handful of NGOs such as the TRO.

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