24 June, 2017

The LTTE’s Forced Recruitment Of Children In Armed Combat

By Pitasanna Shanmugathas

Pitasanna Shanmugathas

Pitasanna Shanmugathas

During the ceasefire between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government, Human Rights Watch researchers went to Batticaloa, Trincomalee, and Kilinochchi to document the LTTE’s use of children in armed combat.

Human Rights Watch, in its report, documented instances where the LTTE forcibly recruited children through intimidation and torture, utilized acts of collective punishment against child soldiers, forcibly recruited more than one child per family, and re-recruited children who previously served. During the ceasefire, the LTTE continued to recruit large numbers of children. What is arguably most significant is that the LTTE’s forced recruitment of children further exacerbated the educational decline of Tamil youth. Now that the war is over, Tamil children may get a chance to further their level of education.

I interviewed Jo Becker, advocacy director of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, and writer of the “Living in Fear” human rights report documenting the LTTE’s use of children in armed combat.

SRILANKA-WAR/Jo Becker discussed tactics utilized by the LTTE to force children into joining the rebel group. Despite resistance from Tamil parents, Becker stated, the LTTE would make repeated visits to the family, if a child is not given voluntarily, the LTTE would take one by force—for example, by abducting children.

Becker recalled a specific instance where a girl, due to persistent pressure and threats by the LTTE, decided to unwillingly join the LTTE in fear that “if she did not go they might take her younger sister.”

Another tactic utilized by the LTTE to recruit children, Becker recalled, was by forcing principals and teachers in schools to allow LTTE representatives to give “time in front of classrooms to talk about martyrs to the cause and talk about the responsibility of children to join.”

For instance, according to the Trincomalee Senior Superintendent of Police, the LTTE in July 2004 provided area teachers and principals with exams on the history of the LTTE.

An international worker in Trincomalee said, “The LTTE calls these history lessons. We call them propaganda campaigns. The LTTE says it’s not recruitment, and if individuals choose to join afterwards, so be it. Principals don’t have a choice. The LTTE doesn’t ask permission, they just go.”

In some places, Becker stated, “there were street theatre or public meetings where people were encouraged to join.”

Becker also disclosed stories from children she met who voluntarily joined due to government abuses by soldiers, for example, “maybe their mother had been killed or their father had been killed and [the children] held the government responsible.” “In many cases, these children joined the LTTE to get revenge. They weren’t pressured or coerced,” Becker stated.

A 1993 study of adolescents in Vaddukoddai in the North found that one quarter of the children studied had witnessed violence personally. In response, many children joined the LTTE, seeking to protect their families or to avenge real or perceived abuses.

However, Becker reiterated that “a majority of cases we documented, there was definitely some coercion of threat involved.”

I asked Jo Becker about the common misconception that the LTTE only recruited one child per family. As documented in the Human Rights Watch report, there were several instances where more than one child per family was recruited.

The LTTE demand for one child from each Tamil family does not in practice mean that they only take one child. Becker recalled interviewing a young lady who served for the LTTE, she was sent into battle, and lost her leg as a result of fighting with the LTTE. The young woman, Becker stated, was discharged and sent back home where her younger brother was caring for her due to her disability which made it difficult for her to take care of herself. Then, Becker recalled, “the LTTE came to their house and started pressuring her younger brother to join and she told [the LTTE], ‘I already gave myself to you. I gave my leg for you and now you want my younger brother. What am I going to do if he is taken from me?’ And that was definitely a case where they took more than one child per family.”

A Tamil girl Indra, then fifteen, was approached by the LTTE when she went to a local shop. She said, “They told me you have to join with us.” Indra had an older brother who joined the LTTE at age eighteen and spent nine years with the movement. She said: I told them, “My brother is already in the LTTE,” but they didn’t listen to me. They took me by force in a van. I was crying. My parents heard I was taken and ran to the camp. The LTTE said, “We did not take any girls today.” I was already in the camp. They kept me in a closed room. I kept crying continuously, saying “I want to go home; I want to go home.”

Another girl said that her brother, a seventeen year old, was abducted in 2001; she was forced to join two years later, at age thirteen.

I asked Jo Becker about the severe abuse child soldiers faced while serving under the LTTE. Becker characterized the level of training children were subject to as “rigorous” training involving a lot of physical training in very bad weather. If children got dizzy or could not keep up, the commanders would not let the children take a break or rest and often children would work past their point of endurance.

In addition, Becker stated that the LTTE implemented collective punishment on child soldiers. Ammani, who trained with the LTTE at age thirteen said, “If you make a mistake or don’t follow orders, you are assigned difficult physical training. This happened to me once. One girl in my group made a mistake, so we were all punished.

Children who are caught are typically beaten in front of their training unit, in part as a warning to others. Nirmala, recruited at age fourteen, said: Lots of people tried to escape. But if you get caught, they take you back and beat you. Some children die. If you do it twice, they shoot you. In my wing, if someone escaped, the whole group was lined up to watch them get beaten. I saw it happen, and know of cases from other groups. If the person dies, they don’t tell you, but we know it happens.

Several children said that they considered trying to run away but abandoned their plans when they saw the beatings others received. Selvamani, recruited in 2002 at age fifteen said, “Some others tried to escape, and ran to their homes, so the LTTE was able to recapture them. They were tied and beaten. I thought about trying to escape, but saw others being beaten, so changed my mind.”

Anton Balasingham, during the ceasefire, made the following statement: “With regard to the demobilization of child soldiers, we wish to emphasize that we do not recruit any underage persons following the conventions of the United Nations requesting all countries and non-state actors not to recruit children below age of 18. And we have been releasing quite a large number of underage persons and we have handed them over.”

However, to the contrary, Becker stated that “the LTTE used the ceasefire as an opportunity to recruit additional numbers of children. And recruitment rose during that period.”

Becker referenced the UNICEF database which held a detailed record of children recruited by the LTTE. Becker stated that by the end of 2004, UNICEF’s database contained records of over 4,000 children who were recruited since the beginning of the ceasefire.

I explicitly asked Jo Becker, as it pertains to the Conventions of the Rights of Child which prohibited any recruitment or use of children under the age of fifteen, whether the LTTE did indeed recruit children under the age of fifteen while the convention was still in effect.

Becker responded by stating, “There are a number of different international laws that relate to child recruitment—it is customary under international law that no child under the age of fifteen should be recruited. In fact, it is considered a war crime if children under fifteen are recruited—whether it is by government forces or by an armed group like the LTTE. There is also an optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child that says that children under the age of eighteen should never be forcibly recruited or sent to fight in hostilities. What we found in our investigation was cases of children both under age fifteen and eighteen who had been recruited into the LTTE.”

Becker stressed the necessity to avoid recruiting children under eighteen due to their lack of “mental or physical maturity” which makes them extremely vulnerable. In addition, Becker stated, “with younger children [there is also an issue] of not fully understanding the implications of what they are being asked to do being more susceptible to manipulation or coercion, perhaps following orders more easily.”

I asked Jo Becker as to whether children recruited by the LTTE would be immediately sent to the battlefield to fight or whether the LTTE also utilized children for other purposes. Becker asserted that she saw “a range of different activities that children were recruited for” ranging from combat operations, enrolment within LTTE-run schools, working in administration (helping to keep records), acting as personal bodyguards to LTTE leaders, and more or less “education or preparatory [training] beforehand.”

Children were initially recruited into what was known as the “Baby Brigade,” but were later integrated into other units. An elite “Leopard Brigade” (Sirthai puligal) was formed of children drawn from LTTE-run orphanages and was considered one of the LTTE’s fiercest fighting units. UNICEF reports that more than 40 percent of children recruited by the LTTE are girls.

In 2004, there was a split between the LTTE main faction and the Karuna-led faction. Subsequently, fighting between these two factions emerged and Tamil children, instead of fighting the imposing government forces, were also fighting and killing each other.

Becker stated that Tamil families began to voice opposition when they found out that their children were going to be fighting and killing each other instead of only the imposing government forces. A large group of parents went to an LTTE camp to get the release of their children. The report documented an instance where about 250 to 300 parents, due to the fighting between the Karuna and Vanni forces, went to an LTTE camp to demand the release of their children.

Becker stated, “For some parents that was a tipping point—they could understand their children being recruited to fight against imposing forces but to have children fighting each other was something they found unthinkable. Parents that were reluctant to protest became emboldened by that situation and felt they could no longer be silent.”

Karuna, at one point, realized that his faction was going to be defeated. Becker stated, “Karuna had over 2,000 children in his forces at that point. These children all went home, but within a short period of time, the LTTE main faction started to track them down and re-recruit them.”

The LTTE organized village meetings, use motorized three-wheeled vehicles make announcements, and sent letters to families, demanding their return.

The children, Becker stated, were “terrified of going back” and resorted to hiding from the LTTE at distant relatives’ homes or other places. Girls who were in the Karuna faction, Becker explained, had their hair cut short and consequently the girls were afraid to go out in public in fear that they would be identified as a former LTTE cadre.

A large number of LTTE cadres got married in order to prevent being re-recruited. There is a general perception that the LTTE does not recruit from among persons who are married (and for many years the LTTE had strict rules prohibiting marriage between its cadres)

Becker emphasized, “even though there was not fighting when we were there, between the government and the LTTE, there was a real climate of fear.”

Certain individuals within the Tamil diaspora, I told Becker, criticized Human Rights Watch’s report, “stating that the report disproportionately focused on children recruited by Karuna’s faction and thus is not an accurate reflection of the LTTE’s activities.”

Becker responded by stating that it is “certainly true that the large majority of children we interviewed had been in Karuna’s faction.” Becker emphasized that Human Rights Watch never tried to conceal that information and explicitly stated where the interviews were conducted, “in regions such as Batticaloa, Trincomalee which were primarily Karuna’s territory.” Becker clarified, “we weren’t representing these interviews as being representative of all children in the LTTE.”

Becker, reiterated, “at the same time, UNICEF had been doing systematic documentation accepting reports of children who had been recruited by anyone in the LTTE—whether it is Karuna or other commanders—and had come up with a database of over 4,000 children. Even though the experiences with Karuna may have been a bit different than with children from other parts of the LTTE, it was certainly a very widespread practice within the LTTE.”

Becker, furthermore clarified, “It certainly was not only Karuna who was recruiting children, that is held up by the UNICEF database and also by Human Rights Watch’s own network that found that the main LTTE faction was trying to re-recruit.”

I asked Jo Becker to talk about what the Action Plan was and to discuss the LTTE’s unwillingness to abide by it.

The Action Plan, Becker explained, was an agreement between the LTTE and UNICEF to ensure the release of children from LTTE forces and to ensure the released children receive rehabilitation assistance and were able to reintegrate into society. There were several facilities [transit centers] set up in the North to receive children that were being released by the LTTE.

However, despite the creation of the Action Plan, Becker explained that “in fact, very few children were ever released and sent to those transit centers and [the] vast majority of children [who were] recruited were not released.”

Since the Action Plan was signed, UNICEF figures show that more than twice as many children have been recruited as have been released. One transit center opened in October 2003, but received a total of only 172 children in its first year of operation.

Although the center has the capacity for one hundred children, it never held more than 49 and for a six-week period in mid-2004, was completely empty. Two other transit centers were constructed but never opened because of the low number of children released

As a result of the Action Plan, UNICEF was given a significant role for monitoring the rights of children. I asked Jo Becker whether it is justified to criticize UNICEF because it provided funds to the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) and accepted the TRO as an implementing partner for the plan.

Local sources in Trincomalee told Human Rights Watch that many TRO representatives are former LTTE soldiers. The TRO is controlled largely by the LTTE, and its credibility is riddled with allegations about its political motives.

According to Canadian intelligence sources, the TRO raises funds from Tamils abroad which it claims to use to assist displaced peoples and former child soldiers in Sri Lanka, but channels much of the money directly to the LTTE.

Becker responded, “There are many who believe that the TRO was an arm of the LTTE. So there was criticism at the time of why UNICEF would cooperate with a civilian arm of the LTTE to facilitate the release of child soldiers from the LTTE.” However, Becker stated that at the time UNICEF felt the only way to get a deal with the LTTE was to form an agreement with the TRO. UNICEF knew it was not a perfect solution, Becker explained, but it was the best they could get at the time.

I questioned Becker in regards to why UNICEF was not able to adequately coordinate with local NGOs especially in response to the mass release of children by the Karuna group in April of 2004. Furthermore, I asked Becker why UNICEF was unwilling to go into the fields and directly speak with mothers in order to prevent further recruitment of children.

Becker responded, “I think UNICEF was doing the best it could. A very large number of children had been released all at the same time. UNICEF was working very hard to setup programs, respond appropriately, they had not anticipated that huge event or the massive release of [children] at the same time. [UNICEF] probably did not have means to coordinate [and consequently] local NGOs [sensed] that they were not getting the help they needed.”

Significantly, Becker stated, because families were told by the LTTE not to talk to outsiders such as UNICEF or Human Rights Watch, consequently, cases were never reported because families were afraid. It can be inferred, Becker stated, “the number of cases reported is just a segment and many cases were not reported.”

The argument voiced by Tamils, in the diaspora, is that it was out of sheer necessity that the LTTE recruited children in order to liberate the Tamil people from “an occupying Sinhala government.”

Becker responded, “If you accept the idea that the cause was just….every party to armed conflict, whether they are an armed group or government, should be willing to abide by the laws of war.

The laws of war have been agreed universally. There are certain things you do not do. You don’t kill civilians, torture prisoners of war, and these laws were agreed so parties would know that the other side was going to adhere to a certain level of decency. For decades it has been agreed that one of the things you don’t do in conflict situations is recruit and use child soldiers. That is a basic tenant of international humanitarian law. Even in desperate measures you don’t want to stoop to war crimes. Using children under 15 is a war crime. No matter how just people feel their cause is… they should be able to adhere to certain standards of conduct.”

To the members of the Sri Lankan community, Becker stated, “I would like to reiterate that Human Rights Watch never took sides in the conflict. We never made any judgments about who was right or wrong. We criticized both sides [of] the conflict. In addition to our reporting on LTTE recruitment of child soldiers, we also issued many number of reports on abuses that were carried out by the Sri Lankan government. We are an objective organization…we weren’t singling out the LTTE for political purposes but it is our practice to document and report on violations of the laws of war and we have done that in many conflict countries around the world including Sri Lanka.”

I find it plainly obvious, because this was a crime committed by the LTTE, and not the Sri Lankan government, the diaspora refuses to acknowledge the grievances of those Tamils affected by the LTTE’s actions in the North and East. The Tamil diaspora considers such grievances as being insufficient to acknowledge. As a result, the Tamil community is stifling key grievances held by its own people.

If you would like to watch the full interview I conducted with Jo Becker, you may do so by clicking here.

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  • 11
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    I am bit confused by the title of this article .
    “My interview with Becker”
    Would be more appropriate

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      Rajash,

      You disgusting LTTE supporting, Tamil racist. You just can’t stomach it when the LTTE is criticised. Tamil hypocrisy knows no end.
      The tragedy of the average Tamil man and woman.

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        Good Student with bad education

        “You disgusting LTTE supporting, Tamil racist.”

        Will Rajash satisfy you if he transforms himself to be the Rajabakse supporting Sinhala/Buddhist racist?

        “The tragedy of the average Tamil man and woman.”

        Am I the only one seeing crocodile tears here?

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          Vedda,
          Last week I saw vedda’s name in missing persons list!

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          Dear Native,

          What do you want to be mate?..

          Rajapaksa hating Tamil Terrorist…

          That is a waste mate.

          With so many of them already there plus their Yahapalana mates, one more wouldn’t make any difference..

      • 9
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        I was commenting on the misleading title of this article….and every one is rushing to conclude I am an LTTE supporter.

        what hypocrites!

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          Rajash

          What a foul cry.

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      Rajash

      What do you mean by ‘I am bit confused by the title’.

      You always portray a LTTE worshiping stance. Even your flying visit to Jaffna to eat Jaffna curries has not opened your mind to think wisely and speak for truth truth and justice.

      I feel sorry for the mothers, fathers and the siblings of the LTTE kid worriers and I know a few and understand their innermost pains.

      Rajash- why didn’t you give your son and daughter to the LTTE instead fraught your proxy war using the children of the vulnerable and the voiceless.

      Did you think about the dead children when you enjoyed the Jaffna curry recently?

      You are one of the typical portrayal of the most despicable Tamil man (a worm rather) in the diaspora.

      • 5
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        The article is titled deliberately to incite racial hatred.

        read the article

        Becker said that
        Becker said this
        Becker said so and so
        Becker asserted

        at the end of the article there is a link to the full interview

        I am not sure who decide on the title to the articles in CT.

        It could be CT editorial

        I have seen the same article by the same author appearing in CT with one title and appearing in the Island or another Blog with a different title

      • 6
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        Dankottuwa Manike
        “Rajash- why didn’t you give your son and daughter to the LTTE “

        did you give your son or daughter to the Sri Lanka army to fight the LTTE?

        or did you leave it to the poor Sinhala youths from the rural area?

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          Rajash

          There was no need. There was no forced recruitment to join the army.

          If my son had volunteered it was his choice. I would not have resented and definitely blessed him.

          You funded the LTTE to fight a proxy war by using the poor Tamil children. Under this context, I was asking why you did not donate your children to fight your suicidal liberation struggle.

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            Dankotuwa Manike “There was no need. There was no forced recruitment to join the army. If my son had volunteered it was his choice”

            Good escape route

            “You funded the LTTE..”

            do not make blanket assumptions…

            I fight for equal rights for Tamils. That does not mean I am LTTE or I funded LTTE. Far from it

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              Rajash

              Your comments have been very extreme and did not indicate that you are for equal rights for the Tamils. You have expressed strong LTTE sentiments and reflected real hate towards the Sinhala people.

              You wrote lots of lies about Jaffna following your recent visit except for saying good about your Jaffna curries.

              Be sensible. Think about the changes happening and work within the system without straying to improve your status. Confrontation is not the answer. What we need is mutual understanding, respect, trust and tolerance.

              If Mahinda had continued you might not have ventured to Jaffna to enjoy you traditional Jaffna curries.

              Problems are there. The situation is not perfect. But it is changing and will change for the better, so long as you do not create conditions to bring Mahinda back to the front.

              I support the TNA leadership. They are on the right track to take a major forward step. Instead of screaming like you and your forefathers, they are quietly and constructively handling matters in the best interest of the Tamils.

              I am going to Sri Lanka soon. Though I will be enjoying the lovely sun and the breeze in Dankottuwa most of the time I will endeavor to visit Trinco, Batti and Jaffna before I return.

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                Dankottuwa Manike “You have expressed strong LTTE sentiments …”

                Oh now that is a climb down
                you accused me of a hardcore LTTEr now you say I show strong LTTE sentiments

                This is the problem with you guys.
                any one fighting for war crimes any one fighting for justice for the 40,000 Tamils who perished in the last day of the war are accused of showing string LTTE sentiments

                nice word sentiments

                the you say that “…and reflected real hate towards the Sinhala people.”

                show me one post in support of this allegation

                again this is the problem with you guys

                if I point out the cruelty and murder committed by Sinhala Thugs during the race riots spanning from 1959 to 1983 …yu say I show hatred towards Sinhala people

                most of my comments here are light hearted.
                when some one Challenger me or accuse me i will also hit back

                All what I said about my Jaffna trip is factual

                If you go to Jaffna when you get out of Jaffna station don’t take a taxi or auto. Just walk up the station road the first thing that will hit you is a an army camp. You will see soldiers in the observation towers. They will of course give you a friendly wave and smile

                I recommend Jet Wing Hotel. I stayed there for two nights. The receptionist with “chimikki” know me

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                  Rajash

                  You are an absolute idiot. You are diabolical in your assertions that you are unable to be straight but playing balls by saying you are light hearted.

                  40,000 dead due war crimes is not only by the army. The LTTE also have its share.It is war crimes to fight a war when you know you are going to lose. LTTE is culpable.

                  Keep on concocting your story about your Jaffna visit. Earlier you said you were with your relatives in Jaffna and tasted the best Jaffna curries. Now you say about Jet Wing Hotel and your soft corner for the ‘Chimikki’ receptionist. You went all the way to admire the girls there and I do not know what else you did there. You are a real pervert and your interest is something else.

                  My friend! When I go to Jaffna I do not stay in hotels. I stay with my good and friendly Tamil friends. They accommodate me well and I too show the best of the Sinhala traditions and customs. I do not have any dirty agenda like you. Can I call you Gorakka?

                  They too visit Dankotuwa and stay with relatives. They send Karuthakolumban mango every year. They are very nice and humble people.

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                    I am not sure why I am wasting my time responding to your idiotic comments

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                      Rajash

                      You are such a confused man and you yourself don’t know why you are responding in these columns.

                      Go and dream about the ‘Chimikkis’ you left back in Jaffna. Be careful Jaffna is reforming. Please do not fall foul to the law of the land and end up like the chap from Canada caught with the sex tools in Vavuniya.

    • 16
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      Pitasanna Shanmugathas

      When I was held in captivity by the LTTE in a highly fenced compound in Pudukudiyiruppu, I experienced many encounters.

      One of them was, on three separate occasions the parents and siblings of the children taken by the LTTE came in search of their loved ones. I witnessed them being turned away by the LTTE guards put on duty in the compound.

      I saw the physical state of the relatives of the kids. They were mere skeletons confirming the paid and difficulties they were experiencing.

      When the parents on the second visit was turned away I had a chat with the LTTE intelligence man who was the head of the security in the compound. He was reasonable and understanding and explained to me in detail about the visits by the relatives of the missing kids.

      He said the family members walk for miles in search of the missing kids and they have come to this compound as it was a former LTTE training camp.

      I appealed to him to be considerate and courteous by offering something to drink. On the third visit, mother and sister of a missing kid came. They were welcome into the compound and offered drink and asked to rest in the shed. But the visitors were so distressed that they bluntly said they do not want anything other that their kid.I was told they proceeded from there for about five miles to another LTTE location in search of their dear one.

    • 4
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      Rajash or Rajesh,

      “I am bit confused by the title of this article “

      Gone with the wind are child soldiers, ethnic clensings and and Mahamootal Mahaveeran, Periyaar, Velippilsi Prabakaran.

      You know why? The IQ’s of the Tamils are bi-modally distributed, and you probably fall to the mode closer to the origin, same as most Tamil leaders and LTTE supporters, Mahamootal Mahaveeran, Periyaar, Velippilsi Prabakaran.

      Their IQs are bi-modally distributed, and most Tamils IQs, not all, were closer to the origin?

      The Story Of Two Graphs drawn by A Tamil Man: By Mahesan Niranjan Onion Prices and Tamil IQ Distributions

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/onioniqdistributions/

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/

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      Rajash,
      You are right. There is nothing new in this interview. This is one of few interviews made by this author recently. LTTE was branded as a Terrorist organisation by West a long time ago and one of the reasons is recruitment of child soldiers. The UN found that both LTTE and Srilanka committed war crimes and violated human rights. Many school children were bombed by Srilanka military and even after the end of war, it was well established fact that Pirabaharan’s son was murdered as a captive after the war. Rape was used as a weapon by Srilanka.

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      Rajash or Rajaeh

      “I am bit confused by the title of this article “

      Aren’t you confused by when LTTE Forces Order Rajiv Gandhi’s Assassination?

      Maha-Mootal, Peryavar, Maha-Veeran Veluppilai Prabakanan or Madu-Pillai?

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/when-i-heard-ltte-forces-order-rajiv-gandhis-assassination/

    • 3
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      The truth hurts We Thamizh :D

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      Don’t see any confusion on the title of the article. LTTE apologists & fellow travellers are still in denial of the heinous actions of the LTTE.

      What did Sampanthan and the TNA say on this. They were the shameless voice of the LTTE murderers, defending the war crimes of the maha veeran Prabhakaran. It was left to the poor southern Sinhala soldiers, Fonseka & Rajapakse brothers to save a generation of Tamil kids & youth.

      TNA still have not expressed any regrets of their past actions. The TNA leadership should be tried for participating in war crimes. Shame, Shame on you Sampanthan, Vigneswaran, Sumanthiran et al. Reconciliation requires you to come clean.

  • 7
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    Do you know the name of this child soldier ?

    His name should be reported to the OMP as a missing child. Probably, he was caught in one of those cluster bombs when he was inside the Civilians Only Zones.

  • 11
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    What nonsense. LTTE practiced Ghandian non violent powers of persuasion. They all loved to strap bombs and blow themselves up for ANNA VELUPILLAI. Stop spreading Singhalam lies here yaar. Ask Rudra. Ask Norwegians, Mark Salter and Jehan Perera funded by Norway. These children all 100% volunteered to blow themselves up, and massacre people and fight because of the greatest civilization on Earth known as Dravida Nation required them to do so. Ask Aunty Anne Balasingham safely ensconced in Comfort in the outskirts of London. Spotted last week at Selfridges by intel. They came in thousands to join. Norway says they never killed civilians. Jehan says Norway was an honest broker and Jehan is an honorable man. Thum bohoth joot bolrahengey.

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      [Thum bohoth joot bolrahengey.]

      Hey impostor, you are exposed by misspelling Hindi words.

  • 17
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    Thank you Pitasanna for this expose. Why have I not seen reports of this nature, when questions of war crimes and accountability were discussed?

    Why didn’t Navi Pillay show a strong commitment to exposing this type of war crime?

    Why are people like Auntie Usha SriSkanarajah quiet on these war crimes?

    Why are the Tamils who financed the LTTE (all factions) quiet and why aren’t they ashamed of their funding this group to abduct other peoples’ children, while their own lived safely in Canada and the West?

    The day will come when all of them will have to answer to the same gods that Sinhalese soldiers and thugs have to answer to, for the senseless acts of violence committed in the name of “nation”.

    Shame, shame, shame!

  • 11
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    It is sad that LTTE recruited child soldiers. But what is worse,inhuman and barbaric is the alleged poisoning of the “rehabilitated” child soldiers by the Srilankan army. So far 107 such children have died by unexplained illness. It is not surprising that the government(Yahapalanaya) does not want to allow testing of these children by foreign doctors.

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      What is worst is that american – Hindian Athul Keshap came. Even he was not interested in helping those poor poisoned LTTE dolfiers.

      Probably, these child soldiers as they were so young used to suck the Cynaide capsule instead of the finger.

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      Joseph,

      “It is not surprising that the government(Yahapalanaya) does not want to allow testing of these children by foreign doctors.”

      When has the government made such a decision? To my best knowledge there was a sudden request from the CM and a polite explanation from the US Embassy that the doctors were not prepared for the offered task.

      The foreign doctors have already left after completing their mission.

      The request from NP Chief Minister and NPC to examine former cadres shows once again how our politicians think.

      The CM should have known that the foreign doctors were not trained and equipped for the task he requested from them.

      The CM should have known that this kind of examination needs advance ethical clearance. He cannot give this.

      The CM should have understood that consent of the cadres is also needed.

      I have nothing against an independent investigation of the cadres as long as it is done without political interference, has ethical clearance and consent of the cadres.

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        Lone Wolf can you please define what is “ethical clearance”

        ethical clearance to investigate an unethical act?

        consent of the cadres. of course there will be consent of the cadres.

        how can the doctors examine the cadres if they don’t agree to be examined and present themselves for examination.

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      Joseph don’t spout unproven rubbish. Many rehabilitated ex LTTE’s are not sick and also have not made this accusation.

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      Joseph

      Wingeshwaran was in close touch with Tigers throughout the war and was well aware of how the captured soldiers were tortured and killed by the Tiger medics. That is the clue behind his new brain wave. In fact the meanest man of all is old ***** whose mind is working overtime for ideas to leave behind a permanent hatred in the minds of future Tamil generations.

      I suspect he is the man behind this idea of destroying the sacred tooth relic in Dalada Maligawa. For it is believed that this the most unifying symbol of the Sinhala Buddhists. Once it is destroyed the Sinhalese will go astray. Even colonial rulers protected it to gain legitimacy to rule over the Buddhists.

      Soma

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      Nothing is more barbaric than LTTE Terrorists ripping stomachs of pregnant Sinhala women and killing of unborn babies and their mothers. The world knows Tamil barbarism and is it a surprise nobody came to help in may 2009? The Terrorists who claim they have been poisoned are the monsters who carried Cyanide Capsules around their necks.They could have consumed poor quality Cyanide and did not die quickly enough. These murderous terrorists born to sewer rats do not deserve to live normal lives.

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    This article is a tissue of lies

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    Shame on all the LLTE supporting financiers and propagandists living in comfort in the west with their children and the LTTE mouthpieces (politicians and NGO’s) who also lived in comfort in Colombo and the west.

    These people have the audacity to cry about war crimes and “genocide” when their beloved movement destroyed a whole generation.

    Self reflection and admitting faults in themselves not in their nature as playing victim and chauvinism trumps all.

    Ongoing plans by diaspora and the Colombo living Tamil politicians, to sacrifice yet another generation for selfish egoistic gains.

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    It would be interesting to know how many of those who have died due to ‘ Poisoning’ while in rehabilitation camps, were ‘ Child Soldiers’. I hope the CM’s/ CCM’s (Chief Mischief Makers) committee will investigate this aspect as part of the aetiology, while carrying out its mandate.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,

      “I hope the CM’s/ CCM’s (Chief Mischief Makers) committee will investigate this aspect as part of the aetiology, while carrying out its mandate.”

      The age of the 107 ex-cadres who have perished will tell us a lot.

      One fact is that not all of the 12000 rehabilitated ex-cadres live in the NP and thus are out of the CMs jurisdiction.

      If the CMs investigative committee only can use existing resources in the NP meaning JTH the results we can expect will not be very conclusive.

      I hope that the investigators understand that they need consent from the ex-cadres and should have the necessary ethical clearance.

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    i do not think LTTE, tamil politicians and tamil diaspora had any concern for ordinary tamil people living in north and east. They were only concerned about their own benefits/agendas. I have not seen any tamil politician raising issues like child soldiers. It is pathetic to see tamil politicians are still speaking to glorify acts of LTTE for their political survival. It is hilarious to see Vijayakala Meheswaran saying that under LTTE control girls were more safer compared to situation now and Vigneswaran saying LTTE rehabs are poisoned during rehab.

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      Giabao
      “It his hilarious to see Vijaya kala Maheswaran saying under LTTE control girls were safe……..”
      Did she also tell you how she saved The Dean of the Law faculty and his ASP policeman student who let Swiss Kumar escape after taking a bribe to Colombo following the raping and killing Vithiya Sivaloganathan the Punguduthivu school girl?

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    Yes, children being recruited by any fighting faction is deplorable. But if the Sinhala racists did not subject the Tamils to racial vilification and regular pogroms LTTE and the ilk would not have mushroomed. And no recruitment of children would have been carried out by a non existent LTTE.

    I wonder where we should point the finger at the root cause or the effect.

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      I knew it! The ‘Singala Buddhists with their Mahavamsa mentality’ are to blame for VP deciding to recruit children.

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      Tamils started terrorist activities against Sinhalese in 1930s while Sri Lanka was under British rule. They smuggled arms from India. Tamils always wanted to eradicate Sinhalese in the same way Nazis wanted to eradicate Jews.

      Tamils keep on highlighting 1983 incident and blame Sinhalese. Tamils should blame J.R. Jayawardena and the underworld thugs mobilised by UNP politicians including Raaanil for anti Tamil acts. Do not blame all the Sinhalese for what happened in 1983.

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    Hey everyone we have a dubious sidekick!

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      Is the accompanying photograph fake? There are hundreds like those of this child on the internet.

      Usha, do not try to hoodwink us, anymore. Do not also assume that we are all gullible idiots.

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        I have seen at least a hundred of these ‘Child cadres’ at the Ambepussa rehabilitation camp, soon after the war. This camp was in one of the most scenic locales in Sri Lanka and would have helped them heal. This visit was one of the most saddening experiences of my life. Police women were playing mother to girls coming of age there. There were some 13-15 year olds, pregnant, who identified male cadres as responsible for their plight. The pregnancies were apparently not the result of rape.

        I have also seen uniformed female child cadres manning junctions in Kilinochchi- Paranthan during the 2002 ceasefire. Senior male cadres intercepted my attempt to talk to these girls.

        Dr.RN

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          Wonder whether Vellala Party Leader Sambnadan and his offside Vellala Wigneswaran knew what you have known since 2002…

          Has Batalanada Ranil agreed to pay child support to these cadres too,under his MOU with the TNA , UNP London and Suren Surendran?.

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            KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

            ” Wonder whether Vellala Party Leader Sambnadan and his offside Vellala Wigneswaran knew what you have known since 2002…”

            Do you really know what Vellala means in general?

            Please let me have your version of the working definition of Vellala.

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          Pardon me if I am too inquisitive. In what capacity were you allowed access to the Ambepussa rehabilitation camp?As far as I am aware,parents or close relatives had to go through severe screening to visit their children in these camps.I can understand an MBBS Doctor visiting these camps to check their medical condition but a Veterinary Surgeon visiting the the female ‘Child cadres’ and having discussion about their pregnancies is a bit puzzling to me.

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            Naren,

            ? . You are an absolute moron, if this is your counter to what I have said.

            To provide an answer, I was part of a team that took relief materials , including educational supplies and sanitary towels for these children. Incidentally, this camp had both make and female children.

            Dr.RN

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      Title words hurts you who suported the Fake struggle to get rid of Tamils and produce 84000 widows.

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      The author Pitasanna Shanmugathas looks like a forcibly recuited Child journalist

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        Rajash,

        Are you a retarded child who failed to mentally grow to match your physical age?

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          Dharshana Sunderam

          you have no sense of humour

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            Rajash

            You are damn bloody, bloody joker. You know to twist and turn in an appalling way in that you get your suspender twisted. Very senseless, shameless man and an absolute idiot.

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              You have no sense of humour either….
              Look man CT is not a forum for just a serious banter
              Having a joke and witty comments is good for people like you who are stressed out

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                Rajash

                You are trying to give yourself or somebody else the pleasure by stroking your lollipop to experience the pleasurable wave of tingling sensations through parts of your body.

                Do you know the meanings of banter and witty. You are so bane and wicked in making nonsensical comments.

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                  Hello Nirmala N

                  how have you been…long time no see, perhaps you were in a drunken state all these days and not sue if you were Dankottuwa Manike or Nirmala N or what ever other names you post here in CT

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                    Rajash

                    I have given up Gin & Tonic since some months ago. I can think properly. I just coming out of my grief over my dad’s death and was silent until now.

                    Why are you implicating me with that Singala Dankottuwa Kilavi.

                    You must change mate for the betterment of our people.

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                      sorry to hear.
                      accept my commiserations
                      Hope you have recovered.
                      look forward to banter with you here on CT again

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    Would be nice to know how many from the Tamil diaspora, who funded and vociferously supported the Tigers, sent their children to actually fight alongside the LTTE.

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    Whats new? There was a reason why the LTTE faced bans in India (1991), USA (1997), Canada (2006). However, bans in the UK & EU were nothing more than cosmetic unlike the former. There is a reason LTTE is called a terrorists group. LTTE went from freedom fighters to terrorists very quickly and brutalized the very people they were supposed to protect and liberate. That being said, the LTTE brutality is no excuse for “AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT” to commit large scale war-crimes, especially treatment of prisoners of war (PoW). There are some horrendous, despicable rumors about the fate of LTTE cadres voluntary or conscripted, young and old, male or female who failed to surrender to the armed forces during and after the war. The then MR-regime made much fanfare about how they rehabilitated surrendered LTTEers but what about the PoW that did not surrender? The missing numbers run into the tens of thousands. Only a handful managed to escape to other countries.

    How ever you put it, the Tamil population SL is one of the most unfortunate in the world. They were badly marginalized since 1956, and brutalized since 1983 by the majority govt and add insult to injury, the very group that was supposed to be their saviors, their liberators did exactly the opposite and caused immense suffering. Final days of the war, in the “no fire zone” did you know that Tamil mothers had bury their children alive underground in barrels? Why, you may ask? Because of intense shelling by govt and…..here is the shocker! Because the LTTE were grabbing children as young 4-years old arming them putting around their bunker and artillery pieces!!!

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      Thanos:

      YOu look like KAsippu Joseph.

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    Are we to assume that Sampanthan cabal were unaware of the predicament of the child soldiers mentioned here when they asked the world to accept Tigers as the sole representatives of the Tamils.

    Wasn’t Wingeswaran unaware of all this when he said Prabakaran is a hero.

    Sampanthan and Vingeshwaran were in close touch with Tigers throughout the war and knew in advance all the barbaric acts they did.

    Soma

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    At least the Child Soldiers managed to live only with a beating, after disobeying the Diaspora Thavailar..

    But poor Mahathtaya was tortured for one whole month in the middle of Mallaitive Jungles before he was executed.

    As I understand there wasn’t much left in him to be executed or quartered anyway.

    But the Hindians who put poor Mahathaya in to it, kept mum.

    Now the same Hindians are working overtime to give LTTE Political wing a separate homeland with Federal. Rights.

    And LTTE friendly Yahapalana PM who offered Mr Pirahaparan , a Federal Eelaam a long time ago. is soooo happy that he wants to give the Hindians free access in return ,to all jobs big and small, which Sinhala Buddhists have worked hard for, despite all the obstacles put in place by the Diaspora and their Thalaivar.

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    Seven years later, still waiting for some Tamil leader to thank the Government and military for rescuing those human shields.

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      Taraki

      “Seven years later, still waiting for some Tamil leader to thank the Government and military for rescuing those human shields.”

      Who is going to rescue the 21 Million people from the clutches of crooked self-serving politicians and the corrupt bureaucracy?

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        Dear Native,

        I thought your mates in the West,together with Modi, Rev Emma and Surendran delivered them to the loving care of Batalanada Ranil, Mangalan, Galleon, Vellala Sambandan , Indian Ganeshan, Whiskey Madam and Bodhi Sira who now has turned into Hindu Sira..

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          KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

          What were they before they turned into Hindus? Were they all Scientology from Solar interstellar neighbourhood?

          Are you a follower of Armand De Brignac Dynastie Champagne making Jesus? Or are you simply a Scotch worshiping sot who regularly pray to Sinhala Buddha for more?

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    Dear Pitasanna,
    A very good analysis. It is obvious that you hold promise as an up and coming writer. It is important that you are impartial in your approach, which you are. It is most apt you had interviewed a very credible person in Joe Becker from a very credible organisation like the HRW. Indeed, some of the Tamil children that were recruited succumbed to the situation that they were in, while many were coerced into joining and it is not surprising that they did. It is important to remember that Becker, being from a western background could have missed some of the intimate problems that the children had faced. Bensen

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    There is a lost generation immune to violence, traumatized and lost. It will take the next generation of Tamil kids who are post war to shape the future. This is sad. In Turkey ISIS used a teenager bomber. Not a surprise if anyone followed Sri Lanka’s war. Sad. Why are people silent on this ? Is it not the same as ISIS recruiting children or Boko Haram? May there be peace and may there NEVER be war in Sri Lanka again. To prevent war, the majority will have to be more magnanimous in offering real autonomy and the minority to be more accommodating and not live segregated lives.

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    If what is written is true, and it is more likely to be true, then the LTTE has a lot to answer. While the Tamils point fingers at the atrocities of the Sinhalese (regime), why should the LTTE be absolved of denying children their time and life? This places Prabhakaran’s and the LTTE’s philosophy on equal footing of nonsensical justification with the often claim by MR and his regime. It does not make sense at all that one tries to justify the saving of the Tamils but sacrifice their children to achieve that. We are as guilty as the Sinhalese regime. The TGTE should make a public statement on this if it is to continue to expect any legitimacy.

    While we are up at arms with a sinhala regime for committing war crimes, and rightly so, we cannot turn the other way on the excesses and abuses of the LTTE, and worse the forced recruitment of children.

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      Jansee,

      I commend you for this comment. If we, Tamils, as a people want to solve our problems, we have to be objective, look at ourselves in the mirror and see our own warts first. We too had many warts and continue to do so. No amount of propaganda ( cosmetics) will cover own warts. There a plenty of such warts covering our own mugs.

      Let us grasp at every small opportunity that comes our way to solve our problems. It has to be a step at a time process, which has to be taken forward wisely and deliberately.

      Give a chance for our people to survive, recover, stabilize and prosper. The stupidity our erstwhile judge and now CM/ CMM takes pride in displaying , is disgusting and very short sighted. Think of one thing of importance he has done right for the northerners. What project has he fought for? Has he at least eliminated corruption in his council of ministers?

      I fear for the Tamils, not because of concerns about the government or the Sinhala people, but because of concerns about Tamil politicians, their rhetoric and ineptitude.

      Dr.RN

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    History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. – Martin Luther King
    Was LTTE forcefully recruited Children?
    Was LTTE used Children in Armed combat?
    Why LTTE recruited Children?
    Was it to liberate the Tamils from “an occupying Sinhala Government?
    Was it a violation of agreed laws of Universe?
    Yes. Totally Wrong.
    Is construction of Buddhist Temples near Hindu Temple is correct which is taking place at present in Sri Lanka?
    Is Militarization (Civil Security Department) engaged teaching at pre Schools (in North Province) correct which is taking place at present in Sri Lanka?
    Is declaring ‘No for foreign judges’ correct (against UN HRC resolution) for the issues related to justice in ethnic problem which taking place at present in Sri Lanka?
    Is rejecting ‘Federalism’ and endorsing ‘Sinhala Buddhist Unitary State’ correct which taking place at present in Sri Lanka?
    ‘Recruitment of Children’ for arms combat is wrong.
    Is oppression in the name of ethnicity, language… correct?
    Are universal laws dead at present?

    How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

    Reflect that how we can prevent ‘recruitment of child cadres’ through male sure the Reign of Justice & Equality?

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      In the South, Hindu Kovils are inside the Buddhist temples.

      Why it is wrong when a buddhist temple is built near the Hindu Kovil ?

      How many Churches are new buildings in the North ?

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        jim softy dim wit

        “Why it is wrong when a buddhist temple is built near the Hindu Kovil ?”

        Because in the South Hindu Kovils are inside the Buddhist temples and not outside it and not built by the people not by the armed forces.

        What is stopping you from building Buddha shrine inside the temples and not outside?

        By the way, did Buddha ask you to build him shrines in every nook and corner?

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          Dumb Native Veddo:

          You don’t know Sinhala culture, You don’t know Tamil culture, you don’t know anything about Sri lanka.

          You are just a loud dog.

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            jim softy dim wit

            “You don’t know Sinhala culture, You don’t know Tamil culture, you don’t know anything about Sri lanka.”

            Please educate me.

            What is Sinhala culture?

            What is Tamil culture?

            What is Sinhala/Buddhist culture?

            What is Tamil/Saivaite culture?

            Do they all really have unique culture as they claim?

            By the way, do you have a culture?

            If you haven’t got a clue, don’t bother.

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        In the South Hindu kovils are not inside Buddhist temples but Hindu deities are worshipped inside Buddhist temples. These deities were not installed there forcibly by any Hindu or Tamil but by the Sinhalese Buddhist themselves, as they had always worshipped these Hindu deities. However in the north a racist occupying Sinhalese Buddhist armed forces aided and abetted by a racist Sinhalese government establishment and population are forcibly installing Budda statues inside Hindu Kovils and converting ancient Hindu shrines into Buddhist shrines. Unlike the Hindu deity worshipping Sinhalese population in the south, who are still following their ancient pre Buddhist Hindu rituals and heritage, the Tamil Saivite Hindus of the North and East only respect Lord Budda but do not worship him or have had a history of keeping his statue/idol in their temples.
        This is where the huge difference. The former is voluntary and done by the Sinhalese themselves as part of their worship. The latter is forced and deliberately done to humiliate and show the local Tamils as who is the victor and ruler of their lands. If the local Tamils have installed these budda statues or temples that is another story but they did not. They were all installed by a vicious barbaric racist Sinhalese population and armed forces to humiliate and show the Tamils that they are now a defeated nation at the mercy of a nasty victorious Sinhalese people and government that is supposed to be impartial and ruling for all the people in the island and not just for the Sinhalese.
        You can howl and shout as much as you want but the north and east had always been the land of the Eelam Tamil nation.

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          RSSS
          I can concede your point about a politically motivated Sinhalese army taking orders from the racist Sinhalese politicians to construct Buddhist shrines and placing the Compassionate One’s likeliness in every street junctions in the N&E of the country, but please do not accuse the entire lot of the Sinhalese people for this diabolical act.

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            Not the entire Sinhalese population but the vast majority of them do support this racism. They overly and covertly support this by election racist and keeping very quiet and mum when these atrocities happen basically their tacit support. Have you ever seen the way most Sinhalese tourist behave when they visit the north and the east? Behave like victors visiting the land of an enslaved people. This sort of discrimination will not be taking place if the vast majority of the Sinhalese people were not racist. They are fully aware of what is happening but do not raise any objections, just like the vast majority of the Germans during the Nazi era. The soldiers, politicians and the Sinhalese elite are drawn from the general Sinhalese population and reflect their attitude.

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    There is no denying that LTTE had forcibly recruited kids. The abominable practice was rightly condemned by the civilized world. It was a heinous crime.
    But what happened to these kids later, at the hands of the barbarians to whom they surrendered in May 2009? The captors summarily executed many as Tiger cubs – just as they killed Pirabakaran’s son. The cannibals savaged many a kids in custody to satisfy their carnal desire.The Sinhala-Buddhist bleeding hearts of today uttered nary a word against such savages/savagery. As always, Sanctimonious hypocrisy!

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      Karikalan Do not spout unproven, unseen hatred just because you are a Tiger or have been brainwashed by LTTE propaganda. Your Language of “barabarians” , “cannibals” convey the racial hatred you have.

      logically just think of the thousands of Tamils and LTTE who were saved. It would have been very easy to kill all if they were barbarians as you shout in your ignorance/hatred.

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      K.S.

      Tamils executed 79,000 Muslims of whom 20,000 were babies and 140,000 Sinhala peasants in bordering villages of whom 35,000 were babies during the last 6 months of the war.

      Soma

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    HLD M made a living writing about caste ridden Vellahlah’s (implying caste free Sinhalese) and IH writing dangers to Sinhalese (and Sinhala Muslims) if power is shared.

    The upstart journalist Pitasanna Shanmugathas has found his eternal source of bread – LTTE bashing. Last week he claimed that Balasingham apologised for the assassination of Neelan Thiruchelvan and demanded same from Rudrakumaran.

    This week it is child soldiers. This is accepted as one of the faults of ALL liberation movements.

    Pitasanna brings in Jo Becker and the book. It did not occur to Pitasanna to ask Jo Becker as to why the liberation movements eventuated. How did Jo feel when all NGO’s were banned from the war zone just before the final assault and whether the final assault was excessively brutal.

    Good luck Pitasanna. You will get a cupcake for this article from Gotabaya.

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    Mr.Pitasanna

    Why the hell did you bring this subject now when the LTTE has already been defeated. If you cannot forget about the LTTE, you should be reminded of how the 12 year old Balachandran was murdered by the army after capturing him and offering him biscuits. This murder was carried out on the orders of the higher ups. Is that a humane act on the part of the Sinhala Military or the person who ordered the murder? Over thousands children were murdered by the indiscriminate shelling by the armed forces. Is this a humane act? Can you or your government give back those children to their mothers. Poisoning the combatants after they surrendered is a human act according to your bible.
    The LTTE had made mistakes but who created the LTTE? Could you please answer me. How many young girls who surrendered to the army were raped openly and then murdered. Do you mean to say that those lives are cheap. Is this a human act? In a country where evil is predominant, do not speak of the evil on one party but speak of the other as well.

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      Sellam,

      Why do you and those like you bring up older stories/ history to torpedo progress, whenever a possible solution appears in the horizon? Do you all suffer from per-acute selective amnesia?

      Dr.RN

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        Dr.RN
        The affected party will go on crying and they will but not the party who inflicted the wounds.
        Idiotic Tamils still expects that the Sinhala government will provide a solution to the Tamil problems although they have waited for 70 years. I say that it will not happen for another 70 years. If you and I live we will see it.

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          Sellam

          Tamils are unable manage a limited provincial level devolution in the north. It may be a weak body but we are proving to be educated fools.

          Please cry for another 70 years and loose even what you gained and you will be not there to experience the consequences.

          I was pro-Mahinda but I gave up and have become wiser.

          What did our politico-military struggle give us? Don’t need to reassess ourselves.

          When you get something harness it. Sharpen your brain to go beyond your parochial thinking.

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    It is undeniable that the Sri Lankan government committed egregious human rights violations against Tamils. As a journalist, I have addressed human rights violations committed on the part of the Sri Lankan government on numerous instances and I continue to do so. I have discussed the Sri Lankan government’s shelling of civilians, indefinite and unlawful detention of Tamil political prisoners, killing of LTTE cadres who surrendered (which is an egregious violation of the Geneva convention), the government’s reported assassination of Tamil politicians, the series of pogroms, occupation of the Sri Lankan army on Tamil lands and several other human rights abuses. I, as a member of the Tamil diaspora, have been vocal in speaking out against every instance where Tamils were victims of injustice (in cases where the Sri Lankan government committed atrocities against Tamils and in cases where the LTTE committed atrocities against its own people) The LTTE committed egregious acts against its own people such as using Tamil civilians as human shields and killing those who fled LTTE territory during the final stages of the war, forcibly recruiting Tamil children, assassination of Tamil intellectuals who voiced dissent against the LTTE, forced expulsion of Muslims from the North, killing of Tamil leaders in rival factions etc. If you are truly fighting for the justice of all Tamils you must speak out about instances where the Sri Lankan government committed atrocities against Tamils but also speak out about instances where the LTTE committed atrocities against Tamils. However, certain sections of the Tamil diaspora will only speak out about human rights abuses against Tamils insofar as it conforms to the separatist LTTE ideology. Organizations like the TGTE claim they are fighting for the justice of all Tamils but they refuse to acknowledge and they refuse to apologize for actions committed by the LTTE that also harmed its own people. By doing so, those in the Tamil diaspora are stifling key grievances held by Tamils living in the North and East. And this is why, as I indicated in the article, I felt it was necessary to talk about the LTTE’s forced recruitment of child soldiers now even though the LTTE has been militarily defeated.

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      Pitasanna Shanmugathas
      “It is undeniable that the Sri Lankan government committed egregious human rights violations against Tamils. As a journalist, I have addressed human rights violations committed on the part of the Sri Lankan government on numerous instances and I continue to do so. I have discussed the Sri Lankan government’s shelling of civilians, indefinite and unlawful detention of Tamil political prisoners, killing of LTTE cadres who surrendered (which is an egregious violation of the Geneva convention), the government’s reported assassination of Tamil politicians, the series of pogroms, occupation of the Sri Lankan army on Tamil lands and several other human rights abuses. I, as a member of the Tamil diaspora, have been vocal in speaking out against every instance where Tamils were victims of injustice (in cases where the Sri Lankan government committed atrocities against Tamils and in cases where the LTTE committed atrocities against its own people) The LTTE committed egregious acts against its own people such as using Tamil civilians as human shields and killing those who fled LTTE territory during the final stages of the war, forcibly recruiting Tamil children, assassination of Tamil intellectuals who voiced dissent against the LTTE, forced expulsion of Muslims from the North, killing of Tamil leaders in rival factions etc. If you are truly fighting for the justice of all Tamils you must speak out about instances where the Sri Lankan government committed atrocities against Tamils but also speak out about instances where the LTTE committed atrocities against Tamils. However, certain sections of the Tamil diaspora will only speak out about human rights abuses against Tamils insofar as it conforms to the separatist LTTE ideology. Organizations like the TGTE claim they are fighting for the justice of all Tamils but they refuse to acknowledge and they refuse to apologize for actions committed by the LTTE that also harmed its own people. By doing so, those in the Tamil diaspora are stifling key grievances held by Tamils living in the North and East. And this is why, as I indicated in the article, I felt it was necessary to talk about the LTTE’s forced recruitment of child soldiers now even though the LTTE has been militarily defeated. “

      you are not a journalist.

      you interview other journalist

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      Mr Shanmugathas
      You wrote “It is undeniable that the Sri Lankan government committed egregious human rights violations against Tamils. As a journalist, I have addressed human rights violations committed on the part of the Sri Lankan government on numerous instances and I continue to do so. I have discussed the Sri Lankan government’s shelling of civilians, indefinite and unlawful detention of Tamil political prisoners, killing of LTTE cadres who surrendered (which is an egregious violation of the Geneva convention), the government’s reported assassination of Tamil politicians, the series of pogroms, occupation of the Sri Lankan army on Tamil lands and several other human rights abuses.”
      I googled i couldn’t find a single article by you on the asbove. Could you cite some reference please

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      Pitasanna,

      Don’t worry about the critics here. Continue to tell the truth about all sides and let the public at large see what really happened. Many among Tamils are still in denial about the true nature of the LTTE, and many Sinhalese are in denial about the atrocities of the GoSL/SLA.

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      Very good response. Totally agree.
      For true reconciliation and the country to move forward this is important. Truth finding is crucial, not one sided justice/punishment and not just concentrating on the last phase of the war.
      Unfortunately many in the diaspora and in Jaffna still cling on to the separatist ideology given birth to by Tamil chauvinists. They have no interest in the country getting better. In fact they will do much to destroy the country and the remaining innocent Tamil people. The diaspora spent much on weapons and propaganda. If even an iota of this was given to the development and not destruction of the country and people the North East and the entire country would be a different place.
      Classic example is shout of “genocide”, concentrating only on “army war crimes” and trying to keep Jaffna exclusively for Tamils. No self respecting country in the world will allow this.
      The concentration should not be on the regime and politicians as most are scoundrels and every community suffers due their commissions and omissions. The political rascals and the henchmen do not reflect the good people of all communities. The people should get together and be determined to improve the country so no one can use the race card for selfish gains.

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      As long as state sponsored Sinhalese racism against the island’s Tamil population exists and there is no recognition, remedy for the just grievances for the island’s Tamil population and the LTTE is still used as an excuse to deny the Tamils their birthright land and language, Tamil people will never acknowledge the violence and wrongs that the LTTE committed against them, in their name. For they still feel despite all the hardships the LTTE inflicted on them, they were a far better option than what they find themselves at present at the hands a of racist Sinhalese armed forces government and population , that wants to destroy them. At least the LTTE protected them from these Sinhalese racists , their dignity, culture, religion, language and what ever was left of their ancient land that the Sinhalese had not stolen. Now what do they have to look forward to. Not reconciliation dignity or redressing of their just grievances but despair, permanent third rate status. Further Sinhalese state sponsored dispossession, ethnic cleansing where they see their language culture religion and religious places desecrated even in their own lands. Sinhalese extremists are now not allowing the use of the Tamil language and culture to be nurtured and practised even in the Tamil North and east. We see Budda statues erected everywhere ,even inside Hindu temples. Sinhalese culture and language given prominence over Tamil even in Tamil areas and if someone protests they are met with violence. So why should they run down the LTTE , that they feel served them far better, or highlight their mistakes, to racist xenophobic Sinhalese population that is only looking for an excuse to marginalise them further, as if what they have not done to the Tamils is not enough.
      Remember the LTTE is a child of Indian opportunism and Sinhalese racism.

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        Remember the LTTE is a child of Indian opportunism and Sinhalese racism.

        By Real Siva Sankaran Sarma:

        You don’t know how to write sanskrit words. You are a typical Dalit – Tamil.

        You even don’t like to be a Tamil. YOu use a north indian name.

        Every word of you says that.

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          jim softy dim wit

          “You don’t know how to write sanskrit words. You are a typical Dalit – Tamil”

          Why are you so obsessed with caste?

          Are you trying to hide something from yourself?

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            Jimmy soft of the head is descended from one of these Portuguese/Dutch era imported Indian Tamil Dalit who has now assimilated into the Sinhalese Buddhist identity. Notice they are now the biggest so called Aryan Sinhalese Buddhist nationalists and racists.
            He does not realise many Tamil and Telugu Brahmins do not spell their surname as Sharma but use the Dravidian way of spelling Sarma. Most Tamil Brahmins will not spell their surname is Shastri but as Sastri EG Vedanayagam Sastriyar. The original Sanskrit name takes a Dravidian form like most upper caste Tamil Names.EG. Hirthik or Karthik becomes Karthikeyan. Navaratan becomes Navarathinam or Navaratnam. Devadas becomes Thevathasan or Devathasan or Devraj becomes Thevarasa or Thevarajan.
            He does not know enough Tamil to realise that Tamil has its own grammatical rules on how words of Sanskrit origin has to be pronounced or written . A little knowledge brings a lot of danger.
            Oh by the way Siva is an ancient Tamil Dravidian god and became Shiva when he was adopted by the so called Vedic Aryan culture. Siva is also called Eesan in Tamil showing the ancient eastern Mediterranean origin of the Dravidians. Eesa or Eesan means the one who provides. This is God. Just like Esau Esua or Jesua or Jesus in Aramaic and Hebrew more or less the same meaning.

            Another ancient Tamil word for god is El basically the Sun or Sun God. This is why many Tamil men were named Ellan or Ellalan and females Ellama or Yellama in Kannda/Telugu. This has the same
            root as Eloheim or Allah in ancient Hebrew Aramaic and Arabic.

            What does a Tamil look like? Tamil language and culture is basically Dravidian but modern Tamils are a mixture of Aryans Dravidians Australoid,Semetic , European Negroid Mongoloid. The upper castes are either Aryan or Aryan/Dravidian or Dravidian. The middle castes are Dravidian. The lower castes are largely Dravido/Australoid. Australoid Veddoid. In the cast of Tamil Muslims Dravidian or Dravidian/Semite.

            Indian movoe stars Kamalahassan Vyjanthimala, Sri Devi Vidhya Balan, Hemala Malini, Rekha, Trisha Menakshi Sehadri Shruthis Hassan are all Tamils. So is the current chief minister Jayalalitha. They are all very white. The tea estate worker in the central higlands is also Tamil most of them are dark or black. Most Tamils are inbetween so what does a Tamil or Sinhalese look like? Jimmy soft on the head?

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              Die for Tamil.

              but, Tamil is mostly tamilized version of Sanskrit.

              Just like Karunanidhi and Jeyalalitha.

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                Another Mahavamsa fairy tale spread by the largely assimilated Sinhalese Indian Tamil Dalits like you?
                Actually Chingkallam is a heavily Sanskritised/prakritised version of Tamil. Take all the Tamil origin words from Chingkalam there will be no Chingkallam left. Just Pali and Sanskrit.

                Both Tamil and Sanskrit borrowed words from each other. Tamil more so. For your information around 30% of Sanskrit vocabulary is of Dravidian/Munda origin.
                A language borrowing words from another is trivial as all languages do it. Tamil is the only Dravidian language that can still exist and thrive without Sanskrit. It existed without Sanskrit for thousands of years and can still thrive without Sanskrit. High Tamil has hardly any Sanskrit. However Sanskrit not only borrowed words from Tamil/Dravidian but also borrowed the Tamil/Dravidian grammar lexicon and syntax. Like I stated earlier a language borrowing words from another language is not a big deal as all languages do it. However when a language borrows another languages grammar lexicon and syntax it is not trivial, it shows the tremendous influence and impact that Tamil/Dravidian had on Sanskrit and how much it influenced it. Indo Aryan is the only language group amongst the Indo European family that has the Dravidian retro flexes. Later in history Tamil and Sanskrit had a very close symbiotic relationship with each other. They are India’s two ancient classical languages that not only heavily influenced each other but gave birth to most of modern India’s languages including Sinhalese and heavily influenced them.
                Got it Jimmy soft on the head

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    Bullshit. LTTE NEVER APPLIED Geneva conventions because they were a terrorist group like ISIS; whatever their cause was they were not a conventional military with a nation nor did all of them wear uniforms at the end. Most of them wore civilian clothes. Standing armies do not use child soldiers(ISIS does, LTTE did); standing real armies do not blow up suicide bombs(ISIS and LTTE DID).

    So wiping out their leaders was justified. Also please note, US killed Bin Laden’s wife no 2 and his son in the raid. Also note that they NEVER offered Geneva Convention to the 600 policemen who were ordered to surrender by President Premedasa and subsequently executed and some of they had the blood drained out of them for LTTE fighters. So why the hell did you LTTErs remain silent? Where the hell was Norway when those fighters who surrendered and were promised safe passage by LTTE? They were massacred. Geneva convention my arse.

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      It is wrong to say the militarily hammering of LTTE was a war. It wa snot a conventional war. IT is just wiping out a terrorist group who used their won people as a hideout for them and a barricade to provide security to them.

      It is only the dishonest Tamils and their Religious masters talk LTTE as Angels of Jesus.

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      Where the hell were you and the rest of the Sinhalese when all Sinhalese led governments from the time of independence were committing genocide on the island’s Tamil population. States that committed genocide in modern times have been punished EG. Nazi Germany, Serbia ETC. But the Sinhalese led Sri Lankan sate has not been punished so far and is still blithely going on with its racist Sinhalese Buddhist only genocidal ways.

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        Marauding Tamil gangs killed more than a million Sinhalese since independence. Sinhalese violently reacted in 2009.

        Soma

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          We know that you post in the Sinhalese extremist site Lankaweb under name Peach blossom. What marauding Tamil gangs killed more than a million Sinhalese. Show us proof . More like marauding Sinhalese armed forces and criminals aided and abetted by a largely racist Sinhalese population , government and elite killed more than 300000 innocent Tamil civilians ethnically cleansed more than 1.2 million of them and made more than a million Indian origin estate Tamils who had lived in the island for more than 200 years stateless and forcibly deported them to India

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        Cool story, bro :D

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    Has the author and commentators has a clear knowledge on child rights and history of child rights. Do they have some knowledge on the history of child soldiers and recruitment. Under what circumstances they are recruited. And what are other sectors recruit children.? are There any national and international rule, laws, statutes concerning the child recruit. and do you all know the definition of child. and definition of consent and informed consent.? What are relevance between the definition of child and consent and informed consent? in fact the Maha Paratha and Ramayana had child soldiers why you did not protest on that ?

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      What is the age allowed to be not a child in the UN charter for children rights which not implemented any where in the world.

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    DISGUSTING !!!!!!!!
    Oh why !!!!!!!!!!!! Our Children !!!!!!!!!! May they Rest In Peace

    How many childhoods have been robbed ? Childhood dreams were destroyed?
    How much agony brought upon the parents?
    Country has been robbed of future Professionals & Intellectuals.

    Rajasingham Jayadevan too brough Pounds 50,000 to the LTTE coffers. Was that money collected from the Wembly Kovil worshippers?
    Despite the donation, he was only offered a Castro’s Guest Houses & the British Government had to intervene for his safe passage.

    These Children & Youth had no proper meals & logistical supplies.
    But Diaspora kids & LTTE highrachy kids did have.
    The S,J,EMMANUEL & CATHOLIC CHURCH RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF YOUNG LIVES.
    Who did what? Nobody………….. Why ? why ? why?
    TAMILINI SAYS IT ALL & HER FEELINGS ABOUT FORCIBLE CONSCRIPTION.
    EVEN COL. VIDUSHA SHARED SAME SENTIMENTS. They could not turn their back other than a defeat & death. WHY ?????????????????
    What is this OMP, for the satisfaction of the Diaspora & Emmanuel to extract vengence for the defeat of LTTE.
    People who should be punished for this misery are Emmanuel & Catholic Church, Diaspora funders, The Tamil politicians, NGOs……
    They had no value for the lives of OUR innocent Youth & Children. Why?

    AT LEAST NOW GET YOUR VENGENCE OFF YOUR SYSTEMS.
    What is the use of millions in yours coffers if you could not make life better for those survived at least now…self centered greed at the expense of the misery of others.>
    What is the political agenda that you need to prolong the misery?

    DISGUSTING !!!!!!!!!!

    How many of those who have died due to ‘ Poisoning’ while in rehabilitation camps, were ‘ Child Soldiers’.

    how many from the Tamil diaspora, who funded and vociferously supported the Tigers, sent their children to actually fight alongside the LTTE.
    Shame on all the LLTE supporting financiers and propagandists living in comfort in the west with their children and the LTTE mouthpieces (politicians and NGO’s) who also lived in comfort in Colombo and the west.

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    What did Sampanthan and the TNA say on this. They were the shameless voice of the LTTE murderers, defending the war crimes of the maha veeran Prabhakaran. It was left to the poor southern Sinhala soldiers, Fonseka & Rajapakse brothers to save a generation of Tamil kids & youth.

    TNA still have not expressed any regrets of their past actions. The TNA leadership should be tried for participating in war crimes. Shame, Shame on you Sampanthan, Vigneswaran, Sumanthiran et al. Reconciliation requires you to come clean.

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