Posts Tagged ‘Batticaloa’

Plight of Sri Lanka’s war widows

Thursday, December 18th, 2008


“My husband was a fisherman. About three years ago, when he returned from a fishing trip, somebody checked his identity card and shot him dead,” says Jeyarulai Puwanendran, weeping. The single mother, 23, is a resident of Kiran, Batticaloa, in Sri Lanka’s eastern region. “I have a four-year-old daughter. I don’t get help from the government or anybody else. My parents are the ones who look after me and my daughter. My father is a labourer. They have six other children apart from me,” she says.

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Sri Lanka: UN official voices concern after another aid worker is slain

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

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The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sri Lanka today called on authorities to mount a thorough investigation into last week’s murder of an aid worker in the east of the violence-wracked country — the third staff member from the same relief group to have either disappeared or been killed in the Asian island nation. Neil Buhne, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, issued a statement condemning the shooting death of A. Vigneswaran, who worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council, by unknown gunmen in Batticaloa. He urged authorities to “vigorously pursue” the perpetrators.

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‘Like a Tsunami That Won’t End’ After a Failed Cease-Fire in 25-Year War, Weary Sri Lankans Fear the Worst

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

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[Washington Post Foreign Service]

“For us, the war in Sri Lanka is like a tsunami that won’t end,” whispered Sara Waeathi, a wiry ethnic Tamil who used to fish and harvest honey in her original village in the country’s restive north. Today, in this camp near the eastern coastal city of Batticaloa, she and her family depend on international food handouts. “The fighting keeps coming. Only God knows what will happen to us. We are scared.”

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SRI LANKA: Flash floods displace thousands in war-torn area

Thursday, March 20th, 2008


More than 50,000 people have been hit by flooding in northwestern Mannar District in Sri Lanka since 12 March, the government said. The area has witnessed intense clashes between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the last six months, restricting access to relief agencies. Flooding caused by torrential rains has affected 173,909 people in nine districts of the country, including 120,000 in the eastern Batticaloa District, and left five dead, the National Disaster Relief Services Centre (NDRSC) said on 19 March.

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Sri Lanka to hold elections in recaptured east amid violence, intimidation

Sunday, March 9th, 2008


Residents in Sri Lanka’s tense eastern city of Batticaloa and surrounding towns go to the polls Monday in a vote the government says is key to restoring order in the area, which troops recaptured months ago following more than a decade of rule by the Tamil Tiger rebels.

But human rights groups say the government is irresponsibly rushing ahead with the city and village council elections to show that its rule has brought democracy to the long-troubled east. They fear that violence and intimidation will taint the results.

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US cast doubts on Free and fair elections

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008


The United States does not believe that free & fair elections can be held in Batticaloa if one party is allowed to bear arms says the US Ambassador for Sri Lanka, Robert O Blake. If one party is allowed arms and threaten and intimidate other parties and other contestants free and fair elections can not be held, said the US Ambassador addressing a public function held in Batticaloa on Wednesday. The US Ambassador said,” Unchecked illegal paramilitary activity also discourages the prime investment that is badly needed to help the reconstruction process in the east”.

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