former Tamil Tiger child soldiers
Posted on August 12th, 2009

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

August 12, 2009
 
The Editor (Letters)
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
 
Sir:
 
For the Canadians who had questioned why 280,000 Tamils who were rescued by the Sri Lankan Armed Force in May from being taken hostage as a human shield by the now defunct Tamil Tigers, being kept in welfare camps, this story would shed light to why the Sri Lankan Government ignored the foreign human rights advocates demands to let them go loose, not knowing where to go nor taught how to tip toe over landmines that had been planted in the thousands like in a PEI potato field.
 
Sri Lanka’s Department of Education had issued special identity cards for 100 ex-Tamil Tiger child soldiers in these camps at Vavuniya and Chetticulum to write their high school, exams.  In addition to these former child soldiers another 1,187 child soldiers wrote their Advance Level Examinations at these camps on their way to embark on a University education, perhaps to become doctors, lawyers, accountants, marine biologists and so forth.
 
What is heartening is that all these former child-soldiers had expressed their willingness to get back to their studies after spending years in jungles cradling AK47s, and pulling out hand-grenade pins and throwing them at their enemies like balls at a cricket match.  They had prepared for the exams after studying at makeshift schools set up hurriedly by the Sri Lankan Government in these welfare camps.  There will be another batch of former Tamil Tiger child soldiers who will be sit for their public exams soon hoping to seek careers through a University education and perhaps enter Canada  legitimately to do their post-graduate studies at Ottawa U, McGill University, Toronto U and University of British Columbia.
 
Kudos to the Sri Lankan Government who knew what is best for its peoples than the international Sri Lanka meddlers which included some Canadian politicians.
 
Asoka Weerasinghe

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