Friday, December 16, 2005

House to house searches continue in Jaffna

Residents of Jaffna have complained of continued house to house searches by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA). They have said the SLA soldiers most of whom can not communicate with the Tamil speaking civilians are entering homes without any respect to privacy and the cultural norms of the residents.

Old people who are living alone are reporting extreme difficulties, as heavily armed SLA soldiers are highly intimidating and are always forcing them to show around the house. There are many disabled old people living on their own in the peninsula as most of their children have either fled the peninsula or been imprisoned or killed by the SLA in previous wars.

Amid these hardships, several civilian organisations have called upon the occupying forces to vacate the peninsula immediately.

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