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Alleviate sufferings to win Tamils' hearts!

- Virakesari Editorial

(July 09, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) As a result of the ongoing war, people are under pressure and anxiety. People express their anxiety and worry that problems are increasing in the north, the theater of war. People are displaced, as result of the heavy shelling. On the other hand, the closing of roads and the resultant crippling of the transport have affected the people badly.

People are pleased since the Omanthai check point which was closed for one week was reopened and people are allowed to travel. In the backdrop of the country's situation, it is the innocent people who are affected badly.

If the transport on the south is crippled, there will be uprising and immediate action will be taken. But, if the transport to the north-east is crippled, even if the problem of the people is brought to the attention of the relevant authorities, there is no immediate solution. The matter is dragged on.

As a result of these trends, people are frustrated and they feel that they are neglected. It is regrettable that they are neglected as they happen to be Tamils.

Pregnant women and children face the problem of malnutrition. In such a situation, if there is a dearth of essential goods in the area, this will definitely affect the normal people. Therefore, steps should be taken to dispatch adequate essential food items to Vanni.

In today's context, it is said that people of the north are in agony. We would like to point out that it is not only a humanitarian gesture but also a responsibility of the government to alleviate the sufferings and burdens of the people!

(An English translation of the Editorial in Virakesari, a Tamil daily, based in Colombo)
- Sri Lanka Guardian

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