News Category: Mullaitivu
  • A 'watershed' moment: How the 2009 Gardiner shutdown inspired a generation of Tamil leaders
  •    [ May 13, 2019 0:48:44 GMT ] [ CBC ]

        In early May of 2009, student activist Krisna Saravanamuttu, then 22, heard devastating news. An all-night artillery barrage killed hundreds in his home country of Sri Lanka — the result of a continually worsening civil war between the minority Tamil Tigers and the majority Sinhalese. It was a devastating blow to Toronto's Tamil diaspora, who'd spent several months holding demonstrations, hunger strikes and rallies in the city to raise awareness of the bloodshed in their homeland, while demanding that the Canadian government intervene. [ Full Report ]

  • TNA requests for debate on forced Sinhalese settlements in Mullaitivu
  •    [ Apr 25, 2018 14:37:24 GMT ] [ Ada Derana ]

        Tamil National Alliance (TNA) provincial councilmen of Northern Province have requested the Chairman of the provincial council, C. V. K. Sivagnanam to hold a debate over the government’s alleged forceful establishment of Sinhalese settlements in the Mullaitivu District. They request that, at the next council meeting scheduled on the 26th April, the council should come to an agreement on the matter after deliberating on the proposals submitted to the council. TNA Provincial councilor representing Mullaitivu T. Raviharan states that the councilmen should hold a debate on the matter and relay the final decision to the government. And in case the government’s response is not compatible with theirs, they should continue to object to the government, says the PC member. [ Full Report ]

  • A land left behind:In war-torn Mullaitivu, people are looking for new leaders
  •    [ Apr 24, 2018 16:25:45 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        Drive around Mullaitivu and you hear rumblings of discontent, not just with the government but with the Tamil National Alliance, the party that people here have traditionally supported overwhelmingly. They’re angry that promises like the release of lands from the military and answers about disappeared people remain unfulfilled, and they blame the politicians who are supposed to represent them. This frustration showed in the February local elections when a new political force staged something of a small coup in Puthukkudiyiruppu. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka’s unsettled land question
  •    [ Mar 05, 2018 11:38:07 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        One year is a long time to sustain a street protest. Taking turns, a group of people from Keppapilavu in Sri Lanka’s northern Mullaitivu district has stayed put under a roadside tent, asking the government to return their land which is under military occupation. “We are determined to continue our struggle until there is justice,” said S. Chandraleela, one of the protesters, at a recent meeting held on the 365th day of their agitation. To them, a year is no more than a marker of time. Getting back to their land is the only milestone that matters. [ Full Report ]

  • Army compensated for vacating Mullaitivu land
  •    [ Dec 28, 2017 13:33:56 GMT ] [ Island ]

        A300-day protest staged by a group of persons demanding that the army vacate 133 acres at Keppapilavu in the former LTTE stronghold Mullaitivu had been brought to an end by relocating troops stationed there, Rehabilitation Ministry spokesperson told The Island. The spokesperson said that Rehabilitation Minister D. M. Swaminathan had, following consultations with relevant authorities, paid Rs. 148 mn for the relocation of troops. The land would be officially handed over today (Dec 28), he said. Responding to a query, the spokesperson said a group of villagers had launched the protest early this year demanding their land back. Newly appointed Military Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu confirmed the arrangement to shift troops from Keppapilavu in the Muhudubadapattu Divisional Secretariat area. [ Full Report ]

  • Number of drought affected rises to 1.66mn
  •    [ Aug 04, 2017 15:07:15 GMT ] [ News First ]

        The number of those affected by the drought has risen to 1.66 million. The Disaster Management Centre has said the District of Kurunegala remains the worst affected, with over 163,000 people suffering the consequences of the drought. Close to 139,000 have been affected by the drought in the district of Puttalam. Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mannar, areas in the Northern Province and Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara in the Eastern Province are also facing the challenges of the drought. [ Full Report ]

  • To Rebuild A Home
  •    [ Apr 28, 2017 22:21:13 GMT ] [ GV ]

        Over the last few months, there have been several protests across the Northern Province demanding the release of civilian land from under military occupation. While there have been no definitive responses to these protests in terms of long term solutions from the state, two small victories have taken place since. First, the release of land in the Pilakudiyiruppu area and secondly, the release of the land belonging to Sellamma and some of her neighbours in Puthukudiyiruppu, both in the Mullaitivu district. [ Full Report ]

  • Tamil protests to reclaim land persist in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Mar 02, 2017 12:25:25 GMT ] [ The Hindu ]

        “When I lie down here at night, I imagine being under the roof of my home,” says Singarathinam Sellamma, 83, seated among a small group of people outside the divisional secretariat in Puthukkudiyiruppu here. For about 25 days now, representatives of 49 families have been taking turns and fasting at the entrance of the government’s administrative unit in the small town, staying put under a roadside shelter. [ Full Report ]

  • Sellamma & her struggle to reclaim her house and land in Puthukudiyiruppu
  •    [ Mar 02, 2017 12:09:12 GMT ] [ Groundviews ]

        Sellamma is 83 years old. She has a house in Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) East, Ward no. 7, in the Mullaitivu district in the Northern Province. It’s opposite the PTK Divisional Secretariat (DS). But for more than two weeks, she has been braving the hot sun and cold nights on the street, opposite her house. Because her house and land is occupied by the Army. In fading light of evening, and beyond an Army watchtower, she showed me her house. I was tempted to take a photo of her house, as I had her – the owner’s – permission. But I restrained myself to avoid potential trouble. [ Full Report ]

  • On Keppapulavu
  •    [ Feb 10, 2017 15:38:06 GMT ] [ Groundviews ]

        February 9 marks the tenth day of protests in Keppapulavu, a village in Mullaitivu, where residents are demanding the return of their land. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is meeting with representatives of the Keppapulavu protests – but the struggle for the return of their land has been ongoing for years. Groundviews compiled the reportage on the issue, in tandem with the recent hunger strike by families of the missing in Vavuniya. Click here to view the story, compiled on Storify, or see the embed below: [ Full Report ]

  • Buddhist monk in Mullaitivu allegedly threatened by TNA
  •    [ Aug 10, 2016 14:07:35 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        Chief Incumbent of the Sambodhi Vihara Temple in Kokilai, Mullaitivu, Ven. Sri Tissapura Gunarathana Thera claims he has been threatned by a Provincial Councilor from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to stop developing the temple and to vacate the area.Thurairasa Raviharan, the PC Member who is alleged to have threatened Gunarathana Thera denied the accusations, stating that he had gone to the temple on several occasions to meet the Thera but that he had not been present. Mr. Raviharan though, maintained that the temple had been built on private land and hence should be removed. He also questioned why a Buddhist temple was needed for the area, as the vast majority of residents in Kokilai were Tamil Christians. [ Full Report ]

  • Illegal fishing, land grabbing by outsiders add to Tamil fishermen's woes
  •    [ Jun 25, 2016 10:44:39 GMT ] [ NIE ]

        Seven years after the end of the war the fishermen of Kokkilai in the Tamil-majority Mullaitivu district of North-East Sri Lanka are yet to enjoy the fruits of peace. If fighting on land and sea disrupted their livelihood during the 30 year war, illegal fishing by Sinhalese and Muslims from outside the area; forcible occupation of lands by outsiders with state-backing; and grabbing of private lands to build an army-backed Buddhist temple, are troubling the Tamil fisher folk after the war. [ Full Report ]

  • India, Lanka sign MoU to supply 150 boats to Mullaitivu fishermen
  •    [ Apr 01, 2016 11:45:53 GMT ] [ ANI ]

        India and Sri Lanka have signed an MOU to supply 150 boats and fishing equipment to the fishermen of Mullaitivu. Indian High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha and Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development W.M.M.R. Adikari signed the MoU in the presence of Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera at the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development. The Government of India will gift 150 boats and other fishing equipment to 300 beneficiaries in Mullaitivu, reports Lanka Page. [ Full Report ]

  • Preparing younger generations for future disasters in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Sep 28, 2015 13:14:55 GMT ] [ ICRC ]

        In coordination with the District Disaster Management Centre of Mullaitivu and several other organizations, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Mullaitivu Branch, organized a Schools Disaster Simulation Programme at the GTM School of East Mulliwaikkal to educate students and parents about natural disasters including tsunamis. Under its Post Conflict Recovery Programme, the Sri Lanka Red Cross is building houses for the returnees. Mock drills such as the one organized in the school is another part of the national society’s disaster risk reduction efforts to ensure that communities and the younger generation are prepared for future disasters. [ Full Report ]

  • Mid-sea fight threatens to jeopardise bilateral talks between Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka fishermen
  •    [ Mar 03, 2015 16:33:14 GMT ] [ ToI ]

        "Sri Lankan fishermen are very upset that their Indian counterparts are destroying their marine wealth and fishing gear in spite of repeated appeals. They alleged that our fishermen attacked them in mid-sea and it appears they are thoroughly antagonised," U Arulanandam of Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen from Pamban said.Justin Soysa, president of Federation of Mannar District Fishermen Associations in Sri Lanka, said the atrocities of Indian fishermen were increasing by the day.On Sunday, Karaikal fishermen passed a resolution agreeing not to trespass into Sri Lankan waters. [ Full Report ]

  • Launch of Reconciliation through Sports Cricket Tournament
  •    [ Feb 11, 2015 14:02:11 GMT ] [ SLC ]

        The Sports for Reconciliation cricket tournament, implemented by ZOA Sri Lanka, brings together 18 village-level youth teams from the Northern and Eastern Provinces representing all communities. The tournament will be played in a knock-out format with the grand final held at Mullaitivu in March 2015. The tournament aims to bring the excitement and spirit of the ICC Cricket World Cup to these communities, while also promoting social cohesion, dialogue, reconciliation and new friendships. Minister Ranatunga said, “I would like to thank the Australian High Commission and ZOA for doing this. It’s very important to play the game with every citizen in the country. That is something we are promoting… how to get north and south together. We can do that through sports.” [ Full Report ]

  • Tsunami horror haunts Sri Lanka survivors
  •    [ Dec 26, 2014 17:17:02 GMT ] [ Al Jazeera ]

        In the early hours of December 26, 2004, a devastating tsunami struck the shores of Sri Lanka, claiming the lives of 35,322 people and displacing over half a million others. The coastal communities are gearing up to relive a day that saw families torn apart when sea waves, triggered by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake, struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, killing 220,000 people.Sri Lanka was still battling a prolonged civil war when the tragedy struck, but people forgot the animosity to help those who had lost almost everything in the disaster. [ Full Report ]

  • U.S. Trade Delegation Discuss Business Training, Partnerships For Sri Lankan Women
  •    [ Oct 17, 2014 14:16:06 GMT ] [ US Embassy, Colombo ]

        Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Michael Delaney speaks with Neela Marikkar, Chairperson from The Grant Group, to discuss the launch of the “War Widows Project” in partnership with the Ministry for Industry & Commerce. The project is supported through nearly 15 million Sri Lankan Rupees from the United States to open handloom training centers and entrepreneurship training for widows in Mannar and Mullaitivu. Two of the centers were opened in May 2013, where more than 60 widows underwent six months of training on handloom techniques and money management. [ Full Report ]

  • SLAF returns land, but wings of owners clipped
  •    [ Sep 28, 2014 11:27:37 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        The Air force last Thursday returned more than 240 acres of paddy lands to 37 families In Keppapilavu, a village in Mullaitivu District. There were conditions attached. Before the lands were given back, the owners were met by senior Air Force officers individually and asked to sign a document agreeing to the conditions. One of the conditions was that if there would be any civil war in future, those lands would be willingly given back to the Air Force.The conditions further said if the lands were not given back willingly, legal procedures would be instituted to take the land back to the Air Force. Another condition was that the owners cannot put up permanent fences or plant big trees such as coconut in those lands. [ Full Report ]

  • Confidence building important for Lanka reconciliation: UK
  •    [ Sep 04, 2014 12:41:11 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        Increasing trust between the Tamils and the civil administration in the war-scarred north is vital for Sri Lanka achieving "long-term reconciliation", the British envoy John Rankin here said today."I was pleased to speak to both the police personnel and the local communities involved in this programme. They spoke about the changes the community policing programme has brought to their villages; increased trust in the police; and the understanding of the role they can play to reduce crime. "Increasing confidence between the local community and the civil administration is an important part of long-term reconciliation," Rankin was quoted [ Full Report ]

  • A Tale of two cities: Chennai and Mullivaikal
  •    [ Mar 22, 2013 13:08:42 GMT ] [ Island ]

        Mr Karunanidhi has forgotten 2009 when he could not get India to vote against Sri Lanka. If that resolution had been passed we would have seen different politics in South Asia and in Sri Lanka. The fires that were lit in Mullivaikal cannot be dowsed by setting Chennai on fire. This will not be erased from history.Mullivaikal can only see justice if Delhi rises up and if Colombo complies. The true tale of two cities lies in Colombo and Delhi. [ Full Report ]

  • In search of justice: The story of the people of Kepapilavu
  •    [ Jan 09, 2013 11:09:05 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        The story of the people of Kepapilavu reminds all of us that the ethnic conflict is far from over. Their reality contradicts the regime’s claims of rapid post-war development and the rhetoric of peace. So much for rights “Any citizen of Sri Lanka has the inalienable right to acquire land in any part of the country, in accordance with its laws and regulations, and reside in any area of his/her choice without any restrictions or limitations imposed in any manner whatsoever” — The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report ( 6.104). [ Full Report ]

  • Returning IDPs in Kokulai, Mullaitivu, being robbed of land
  •    [ Nov 26, 2012 17:19:25 GMT ] [ Lakbima ]

        Spurred by the earlier violence of the 1980s, the area was converted into a military zone to protect the border between ‘Tiger’ and ‘Government’ territories. In the neighbouring village of Kokuthoduvai, the townscape is restored, yet the military protects Sinhalese farmers who continue illegally to cultivate Kokuthoduvai land within the heightened security zone. In Trincomalee, the fate of some 4,000 families lies in the illegal sale of land to private companies for coal generation and economic development. There was no talk of compensation or support. Neither have there been discussions of alternative income sources for these destitute families or the illegal farmers. [ Full Report ]

  • SRI LANKA: Scraping by with scrap
  •    [ Nov 22, 2012 18:40:23 GMT ] [ IRIN ]

        Every evening when the setting sun creates long shadows against walls and pillars of bombed-out buildings, half a dozen flatbed trucks line up in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mullaittivu. They have become a permanent early evening fixture in this shell of a town, where some of the worst battles during the final phase of the island’s civil war were fought in early 2009. As darkness spreads, men, women and even children approach the trucks to empty their small sacks of rusting pots, vehicle parts and other metals. [ Full Report ]

  • UNHCR helps resolve land issues in Sri Lanka's north
  •    [ Nov 06, 2012 14:49:25 GMT ] [ UNHCR ]

        "Land documentation is critical for these families to restart their lives and reintegrate in their villages," said Michael Zwack, UNHCR's representative in Sri Lanka. "Without land deeds, returnee families cannot obtain the clearance to rebuild their homes or prove ownership in order to access housing assistance. Documents are also essential for families to claim compensation for private land that has been used for state purposes." To help tackle this thorny problem, the UN refugee agency has provided computers, photocopiers, scanners and fax machines to 45 local government offices dealing with land documentation and records in the Mannar, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts. These will allow officials to process land claims and issue fresh documentation. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: MSF hands over last project in the country
  •    [ Oct 04, 2012 12:08:42 GMT ] [ MSF ]

        International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has handed over its last remaining activities in Mullaitivu district, Sri Lanka, having first worked in the country in 1986. From 2006 to 2011, MSF provided support at Point Pedro Hospital’s emergency unit as well as assisting in maternal health care, surgery and infection control. These activities were handed over successfully to the Ministry of Health in December last year.MSF also developed Mullaitivu Hospital’s electricity, water and sanitation systems to ensure sustainability in the future, and provided significant assistance to develop the health structure’s laboratory service. [ Full Report ]

  • Resettled people report traces of genocide
  •    [ Sep 21, 2012 19:42:23 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Despite reports of alleged deployment of unscrupulous foreign expertise in erasing the traces of the genocidal onslaught that took place in Mullaiththeevu district in the final days of Vanni war in 2009, there are still remains of hundreds of human skeletons that were burnt to ashes in Aananthapuram and other parts of Puthukkudiyiruppu, civilians who have been allowed to resettle there told TamilNet this week. Their observations confirm earlier information from reliable sources inside the SL military that thousands of non-combatants were taken to the suburbs of Puthukkudiyiruppu and shot and killed en masse with a clear intention to annihilate a large section of the people including children and women. [ Full Report ]

  • Sinhala-Buddhist temple opened to ‘celebrate’ genocide at Mu’l’livaaykkaal
  •    [ May 22, 2012 11:18:15 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Coinciding the third anniversary of Mu’l’livaaykkaal genocide, a secretly built Sinhala-Buddhist stupa was inaugurated at Vaddu-vaakal, the entrance to the Mu’l’livaaykkaal genocidal strip of land in Mullaiththeevu. As the Tamil public is yet to be allowed into the stretch of land, the building of the stupa at the genocidal site went unnoticed until its inauguration. Two weeks ago, Colombo opened a coastal road built by Chinese, linking Mu’l’livaaukkaal with Kokku’laay and Pulmoaddai where Sinhala colonisation takes place in high speed. Mu’l’livaaykkaal has already become a ‘tourist’ place for the Sinhalese from the South. While the ‘tourists’ and the Sinhala colonists using the new road are permitted to roam in the stretch of land, Tamils are not permitted to get out of the vehicles. [ Full Report ]

  • MSF denies "abandoning" Sri Lankan war survivors
  •    [ Apr 13, 2012 12:17:33 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        Aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has denied abandoning traumatised war survivors in Sri Lanka by closing down a mental health project in the north. Despite "massive needs", the decision was made because MSF no longer deems it an emergency, the medical charity said. MSF announced on April 5 that it was shutting down a programme counselling survivors of the Indian Ocean island's almost three-decade-long conflict, most of whom witnessed the deaths of loved ones. [ Full Report ]

  • Thousands of voters 'missing' in north
  •    [ Mar 07, 2012 16:05:34 GMT ] [ BBC Sinhala ]

        The main opposition in Sri Lanka says that over two thousands registered voters in two electoral bodies in the north are unaccounted for. United National Party (UNP) quoting the elections commissioner (EC) said nearly 10-15% of people out of 21,000 registered voters in Pudukudiiruppu (PDK) and Maritimepattu in Mullaitivu district are either dead or missing. [ Full Report ]

  • Nanthikadal opens 3 years after the war
  •    [ Mar 07, 2012 15:13:57 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        The Nanthikadal lagoon, located near the final battle ground of Sri Lanka’s 30 year war, has been opened for civilians three years after the war ended, the military said on Wednesday. The Nanthikadal lagoon was declared open for civilians to fish with de-mining in the surrounding areas being completed. “There were several mines in the area after the war so it took some time for the mines to be cleared. Now that the area is safe the lagoon has been open for civilians to do fishing,” military spokesman Brigadier Nihal Happuarachi told the Colombo Gazette. [ Full Report ]

  • Road Signs Indicate Better Times
  •    [ Nov 28, 2011 14:20:21 GMT ] [ IPS ]

        Chinese engineers are now overseeing the repair of this 50 km stretch of gravel connecting Nedunkerni village with the A9 highway, the lifeline for Sri Lanka's former northern war zone, popularly known as the Vanni. Culverts and small bridges are being restored and sharp turns realigned. Restoration of the Nedunkerni - Puliyankulam road is a sign that basic public amenities like transport are no longer luxuries and that almost two and a half years after the war ended peace and development are finally trickling in. [ Full Report ]

  • Welioya goes to Mullaitivu
  •    [ Oct 18, 2011 12:03:11 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        For administrative purposes the government has placed the Welioya Divisional Secretariat under the purview of the Mullaitivu District Secretariat and separated it from the Anuradhapura District, officials said yesterday. Welioya is an area occupied by a Sinhala population of 9004 and during the war it was administered by the District Secretary of Anuradhapura because Mullaitivu was not accessible to the people at the time. Vavuniya District Secretary P.S.M. Charles said she had asked for the establishment of two more Divisional Secretariats in her district for administration purposes. [ Full Report ]

  • Seine-net beaches in Mullaiththeevu distributed to Sinhala fishermen
  •    [ Apr 11, 2011 9:09:50 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Traditional seine-net beaches (Karaivalai-paadu) of Eezham Tamils in the coastal tracts of Mullaiththeevu district are grabbed and distributed among Sinhala fishermen from the south by a team of SL fisheries officials from the south. The excuse is that the local Tamil fishermen in the LTTE controlled areas did not register their seine-net stretches with the SL fisheries ministry. 12 stretches in A’lampil, 8 stretches in Thoo’ndaavil and 5 stretches in Chemmalai are thus grabbed and given to the Sinhalese. The Mullaiththeevu Government Agent as well as the district fisheries director had no knowledge of what the Sinhala officials from the south were doing. [ Full Report ]

  • Thousands of SL troops round up resettled villages in Jaffna, Mullaiththeevu
  •    [ Mar 31, 2011 22:23:34 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Thousands of occupying troops of Sri Lanka Army rounded up the village Uduththu’rai in Vadamaraadchi East and are engaged in search operation since Thursday early morning. A similar operation is simultaneously being undertaken in Mullaiththeevu also. Vanni IDPs were recently resettled in both the places. The operation is said to be following an alleged incident in which some SL troops who went on a boat are missing in the sea and only their boat came ashore. The SL troops came in armoured vehicles rounded up the entire coastal area. No one from the village Uduththu’rai was allowed to go out and outsiders were not permitted inside since Thursday morning. [ Full Report ]

  • Hasty Sinhala colonisation wedges north and east at Kokku’laay
  •    [ Feb 01, 2011 12:07:08 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Within the last three weeks, 240 Sinhala families were hastily settled at Kokku’laay, a narrow strip of land, which is the only link of contiguity between the northern and eastern flanks of the country of Eezham Tamils in the island. This pivotal conspiracy of Colombo to demographically de-link the contiguity of the two Tamil provinces is being implemented by SL colonial governor in the north, Maj. Gen. Chandrasri and by SL ‘Rehabilitation’ minister Rishard Baddiudeen. Colombo lies that it is only ‘resettlement’ of Sinhalese, but except one or two families others are outsiders and the 43 original Tamil families resettled among Sinhalese now live in fear. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka turns rebel hideout into wildlife sanctuary
  •    [ Nov 30, 2010 11:54:15 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        Sri Lanka is to turn a vast jungle area that was a base for the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels into a wildlife sanctuary, 18 months after the end of island's bloody civil war, the government said Tuesday. The jungles of Mullaittivu, from where the rebels launched attacks for decades until they were defeated by government troops last year, has been declared a safe haven for wild animals, the information department said. "The wildlife sanctuary would be a solution for the conflict between the humans and elephants in the surrounding areas," it said in a statement, adding the sanctuary would be about 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares). [ Full Report ]

  • Returnees brace for monsoon rains
  •    [ Oct 01, 2010 11:17:50 GMT ] [ IRIN ]

        Next month's upcoming monsoon rains could spell trouble for thousands of returnees to conflict-affected northern Sri Lanka. The annual northeast monsoon rains run from November through February, and are usually accompanied by strong winds and extensive flooding. Inter-monsoonal rains have already begun in some areas. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), many of the more than 200,000 returnees since late 2009 now live under transitional or emergency shelter, including tents, tarpaulins, tin sheeting and improvised housing shelters. [ Full Report ]

  • IOM Delivers Indian Roofing Sheets for Sri Lanka's Homeless Returnees in North
  •    [ Oct 01, 2010 11:15:05 GMT ] [ IOM ]

        IOM this week took delivery of over 75,000 corrugated galvanized iron (CGI) sheets donated by India to Sri Lanka to provide roofing for some 6,200 displaced families returning to their home areas in the north. At the request of the Ministry of Economic Development, IOM will move the CGI sheets in 29 containers from the Port of Colombo to the Divisional Secretariats in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Mannar and Vavuniya for final distribution. [ Full Report ]

  • School reopenings an essential part of conflict recovery
  •    [ Jun 03, 2010 9:50:46 GMT ] [ MAG ]

        When the conflict in Sri Lanka restarted in 2007, the effects were felt at Mulliyavalai Kalaimahal Vithiyalayam school in Mulliativu District – the heartland of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) territory. “We are very happy to have reopened the school now that MAG has completed their survey and SLA have cleared the mines and UXO,” says the Principal, Ganapathypillai Jayaweerasingam. “Nowadays the students’ minds are still upset, they find it difficult to concentrate on their studies and they are very busy helping their parents try to rebuild their houses. However, going to school makes them feel like life is going back to normal.” [ Full Report ]

  • Bishop’s gets glimpse of Tamils’ final battlefield
  •    [ Feb 05, 2010 23:41:09 GMT ] [ UCAN ]

        Tamil Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam has visited the civil war’s final battlefield for the first time since the fighting ended, and said rebuilding lives and churches in the area was an “unbearable burden” on the people there. The bishop is the first to be allowed to visit the war zone after fighting ended last May. The government still prohibits civilians, UN agencies, NGOs and the media from visiting the area. Bishop Savundaranayagam, visibly shaken by his unpublicized visit to the war zone on Jan. 29, described the chaos he found there, particularly in the Catholic fishing village of Mathalan on the east coast. “Devastation is everywhere” and threatens our people’s future, he said. [ Full Report ]

  • Gotabhaya: 6,000 Sri Lankan troops killed in final three months of war
  •    [ Aug 20, 2009 11:28:54 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Sri Lanka will keep up record defence spending despite its recent victory over the Tamil Tigers, Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse told AFP Tuesday, as the Sri Lankan Army announced plans to recruit 50,000 more soldiers shortly. Sri Lanka raised its defence budget to a record 1.6 billion dollars this year, and finally defeated the LTTE in May after months of intense battles in which 20,000 Tamil civilians were massacred by government shelling. 6,000 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in last three months of the war, Gotabhaya also said. [ Full Report ]

  • Mullaiththeevu town declared HSZ: GA
  •    [ Jul 06, 2009 11:33:27 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        The Government Agent of Mullaiththeevu, Imelda Sukumar, on Sunday reportedly told a section of the uprooted Tamils of Vanni sheltered at the internment camp situated at "Sahanagama" in Pulmoaddai that the town of Mullaiththeevu has been declared High Security Zone by the Sri Lankan military, dashing any hope of resettlement in the coastal township of Vanni. Hundreds of Tamils captured by the Sri Lankan military are kept in the centre. Ms. Imelda Sukumar spoke to the IDPs and recorded their grievances and urgent needs. "We cannot resettle IDPs of Mullaiththeevu in their original places. The District Secretariat office is also to be relocated in Maangku'lam," media reports quoted the GA as saying. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: ICRC evacuates 495 from conflict zone and delivers 25 tonnes of food
  •    [ May 07, 2009 17:55:50 GMT ] [ ICRC ]

        In north-eastern Sri Lanka, 495 sick and injured patients and accompanying caregivers were evacuated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today. An ICRC-chartered ferry, the Green Ocean I, also delivered 25 metric tonnes of food provided by the World Food Programme, together with some medicines, for distribution among the thousands of civilians still trapped in a small area along the coast within the conflict zone. "Heavy fighting is taking place near the medical assembly point at Mullavaikkal, which puts the lives of patients, medical workers and ICRC staff at great risk," said Jacques de Maio, the ICRC head of operations for South Asia, in Geneva. [ Full Report ]

  • SLA massacres patients with targeted shelling, 64 killed in hospital
  •    [ May 02, 2009 9:24:09 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on Saturday attacked the makeshift hospital twice killing 64 patients and their relatives and causing injuries to 87. Two artillery shells fired by the SLA hit the hospital at Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal around 9:00 a.m. killing 23 and maiming 34 and later at 10:30 a.m. killing 41 and maiming 53. The attack has come after the Sri Lankan military was provided with exact coordinates of the hospital premises through the ICRC three days ago when the hospital was attacked last time, a medical staff who coordinates with the ICRC told TamilNet. [ Full Report ]

  • Hospital under attack, SLN naval crafts fire artillery pieces
  •    [ Apr 29, 2009 11:49:12 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) attack crafts fitted with 100 mm cannon began firing artillery pieces along the shore of Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal Wednesday around 4:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the makeshift hospital in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal was hit by artillery shells. At least 20 deaths were reported by medical sources, according to initial details. Shells are being fired at the hospital as this report is being filed. The attack comes as U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner were meeting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo Wednesday. Both the ministers had urged for immediate ceasefire earlier in the day. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka Takes Rebel Land; Surrender Deadline Passes
  •    [ Apr 21, 2009 11:25:47 GMT ] [ Bloomberg ]

        Sri Lanka’s army said it captured more territory from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as the government’s deadline passed for the rebels to surrender. Soldiers took control of areas near the northeastern port of Mullaitivu after opening a safe route yesterday that allowed about 49,000 civilians to leave, the government said today. “No rebels have surrendered,” Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, a military spokesman, said in a telephone interview from the capital, Colombo, today. “The army has captured more territory and the humanitarian operation to rescue civilians is on and we will not stop it.” [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lankan ceasefire ends with gunfire
  •    [ Apr 15, 2009 3:41:02 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        Sri Lankan troops have resumed their offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in the northeast at the end of a 48-hour ceasefire, the two sides say. A military spokesman said security forces restarted operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) early on Wednesday. The pro-rebel Tamilnet website said both sides began exchanging rocket and gunfire as the military's unilateral two-day ceasefire ended at midnight. A rebel demand for a permanent truce was rejected by the government. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka, Tigers trade blame over fighting in truce
  •    [ Apr 14, 2009 10:39:17 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tiger rebels traded blame on Tuesday over combat during a two-day holiday fighting pause, which the separatist rebels said fell short of the full ceasefire they are demanding. The LTTE Peace Secretariat, in an e-mailed statement, said Rajapaksa's call was "merely an act of hoodwinking". "We consider this ceasefire announcement of (the) Sri Lanka government as a two-day holiday opportunity availed to its servicemen," it said. "The Sinhala Forces are continuing to target the civilian population with their bombs and guns." [ Full Report ]

  • SLA bombs child nutrition centre in safety zone, 258 including 100 children wounded
  •    [ Apr 08, 2009 14:24:41 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Sri Lanka Army (SLA) fired artillery shells hit a child care centre and milk powder distribution centre at Pokka'nai, killing at least 40 civilians and causing injuries to more than 258 including 100 children. The SLA has stepped up indiscriminate bombardment, according to latest reports. At least 25 dead bodies have been brought to the hospital and 13 of them were identified by medical authorities at the makeshift hospital. More than 100 civilians have been killed and at least 422 wounded within the last 3 days, including Wednesday. [ Full Report ]

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