US concerned over rushed resettlement of IDPs
Posted on October 19th, 2012

Asada M Erpini

A report in the media on 18 October states that “the United States remains concerned about the rushed resettlement of the final IDPs to close the Menik Farm camp” and “vulnerable families have been placed on land hastily cleared without adequate shelter, water and sanitation”.

There will be many other countries in the West and organisations operating from these rich nations, whose raison d’ƒÆ’†’ªtre is their professed and projected concern for the restoration of human rights and alleviating the suffering of the peoples in the so-called developing countries, who will be eager to join the US to sing in chorus. Incidentally, one of the main reasons that has contributed to the deprivations faced by many in the poor countries is that the vast resources that many of them once had had been systemically plundered by the Western colonisers during a period that spanned half a millennium. Conjuring up fashionable euphemisms such as resource-compromised, emerging economies, Third world nations, etc. by the West and its bankers may hoodwink the gullible but would not be sufficient to pull the wool over the eyes of the open-minded.

Sri Lanka has many sayings and characters to vividly depict absurd actions and hilarious situations. Yarns about King Kekille and Mahadenamutta are in the lead, but a popular story that the US’s concern has beaten hands down is “Maga hitiyoth tho nasee; gedara giyoth ambuva nasee“, which means, “If you stay on on the road, you will die, and if you go home, wife will die.”.

Sri Lanka’s armed forces rescued nearly 300,000 thousand Tamil civilians who had been pushed by their Sun God “ƒ”¹…”saviour’ from the North and North West of Sri Lanka to the North Eastern coast in the latter’s futile attempt to create a mono-ethnic Eelam. During the final days of the 2009 war, the rescue operation that was mounted by the armed forces was witnessed live by many. The world had never seen a humanitarian operation of such proportions in the past and is highly unlikely to see anything similar happening in the future: what many will remember instead, and will never forget, are the images from the atom bomb attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing a quarter of a million civilians in the final stages of World War II, the destruction of cities such as Dresden, and more recently, Agent Orange attacks and the mass murder of unarmed civilians by United States Army soldiers in the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam in 1968, and the nine-year old naked girl and other children running away from certain death, with smoke billowing in the background, all of which had been initiated or coordinated by the US. The US is thus culpable in the horrendous murders of civilians and the destruction of the infrastructure in many regions of the world. With no feeling of guilt, the superpower tells puny Sri Lanka how the latter should manage its human rights issues, although the mighty US continues with murder of civilians and execution of rulers, with scant respect for human rights, in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

US and the other rich nations who are ever ready to pontificate to Sri Lanka did not care to utter a word of appreciation about the good work carried out by Sri Lanka’s armed forces at the final stages of the May 2009 Liberation War. All that they saw was a lack of facilities in the holding centres that the Sri Lanka government managed to put up in double quick time. The media and the LTTE supporters, based in the same West, were quick to dub these holding centres as “concentration camps” and their photographers, who survive on sensationalism, had images of destitute people clinging on to barbed wire fences, splashed across their newspaper pages and the websites.

The government of Sri Lanka provided food, basic sanitation and health and even educational facilities to those who had been rescued. However, it prevented the people from going back to their original villages because the land was strewn with millions of landmines laid by none other than the LTTE leader’s fighting cadres. It was natural, therefore, for the people to be kept away in safe locations until the mines could be cleared.

Clearing mines is a painstaking and extremely time consuming task, and the civilians could not be allowed to go back overnight to the regions from which they had been displaced. But what did the West do and say in the meantime? Except for a few countries giving some assistance in mine clearing, the majority, led by the US, found fault with Sri Lanka for not sending the IDPs to their original locations soon. When the reason for continuing with the IDP camps was the need for the mined areas to be declared as safe by the mine clearing teams, the accusers charged that the Sri Lanka government had ulterior motives such as plans for colonisation of Tamil areas by the Sinhalese and genocide of Tamils.

Whatever Sri Lanka does, the poor country is at fault: all this time, it was being blamed for not sending the civilians back to their villages, and now that the country had completed most of the resettlement, the charge is that there are not enough facilities for the IDPs who had been sent back. None of these do-gooders ever queried what facilities “”…” food, water, sanitation, etc. “”…” the Tamil civilians had when they were being moved from pillar to post by the LTTE leader, as if they had attached toilets and running water of the type that the LTTE leader provided for him in his luxury hideouts! The outcomes of the sentiments of the US, as far as Sri Lanka is concerned, are clearly worse than those that the man in the story faced: risk death if you stay on the road or expose your wife to the same risk if you go home.

 

 

 

4 Responses to “US concerned over rushed resettlement of IDPs”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Laughter is the best medicine!!

    From tamilnut.

    “[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2012, 16:09 GMT]
    Genocidal Sri Lanka’s presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on last Thursday called for the abolition of the New Delhi-architected 13th Amendment to the constitution without further delays, reported The Island, last Friday. Gotabhaya compared the Amendment to the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) in facilitating separatism.”

    I love SL and everything Tamilnet hates about SL.

  2. Sunil Vijayapala Says:

    These Anglo Saxon bastards pressured the government for speedy settlement of reugees and now they criticise it. Why do our leaders face boldly and say ‘you go to hell’ and also without facing UNHCR, just quit the organisation as Russia and China did. We need a solid leader at this crucial juncture.

  3. gdesilva Says:

    I guess this is why US is taking its cool time to resettle people displaced by hurricane Katrina! US should be daily reminded that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others. What is sad is that we still have some who believe every word coming from the US Administration….

  4. Fran Diaz Says:

    Everyone knows that GoSL was harried & pushed into settling IDPs super fast, pronto ! Also, there are lots of illegal migrants in the IDP group who never had proper original homes in the North. And what about the de-mining program ? Is GoSL supposed to house IDPs in mined areas ?

    Re Tamilnet FALSE information : What we see is that Tamils abroad want to FALSELY show Tamils in Sri Lanka as a hated, maligned, underprivileged group in Lanka ! That serves to satisfy various plans to destabilize Lanka plus get feelings of importance for Tamils abroad plus money collecting for ltte rump abroad.

    Why they do this :

    * TNA in Lanka & Tamil Nadu Vellala caste based leaders are happy with such FALSE distraction.
    * Tamil leaders abroad & ltte rump get to collect money & feel important in their respective countries.
    * De-stabilisers of Lanka are happy.
    * Local elements who want to crush the GoSL are happy.

    This cannot last as their dark & eerie kind of happiness is at the cost of 95% of the population of Sri Lanka, including the ordinary Tamils of Lanka. De-stabilisation of Lanka and Separatism must stop. A real chance for unity, happiness and peace must begin.

    To counter Falsehoods & Separatism :

    REMOVE THE 13-A !

    We Lanka Lovers say : “Tamils of the world must seek their Tamil Eelam in Tamil Nadu – already home of 72 Million Tamils”

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