The innocent on the brink of agony!

- Virakesari Editorial

(July 31, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is reported that people of Manthai East, Thunukkai, Mallavi and Manthai West in the Mullaithevu district have been displaced and have taken refuge at schools in Vanneri Kulam, Kariyalai-Nagapaduwan, Palawarayan Kattu, Jayapuram and Thiru Murukandy areas.

Furthermore, 100's of displaced families have taken refugee under the trees in the jungles. One NGO has pointed out that the newly displaced 817 families have taken refuge under the trees. UNICEF and UNHCR are providing help to the best of their ability.

It is reported that displaced people's toll is increasing day by day and it is expected that nearly 5500 families would be displaced from Mulangavil area.

Meanwhile, it is said that there is dearth of medicines to provide treatment to the patients. People are facing a human tragedy due to inadequate aid. Fr. Saundaranayakam, Bishop of Jaffna has called upon the government to provide humanitarian aid as soon as possible.

On the other hand, educational activities in Killinochchi and Mullaithevu districts have been affected. Education Ministry sources reveal that 55 schools have been closed down in Vanni as a result of the military efforts.

Government should come forward to alleviate the sufferings of the people who are facing many fold problems. Military efforts will only lead to a human tragedy. It is the reality.

Government should immediately provide aid to the people who have lost all their belongings. It is indispensable that international NGOs also should expand their services.

Considering the people's sufferings, steps should be taken to ensure the safety of the people following the military efforts. That will certainly be a humanitarian act!

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