Let those who guessed 40,000 plus dead tell us how many are dead in Haldamulla
Posted on November 3rd, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Haldamulla is not in Mullaivaikkal in Northern Vanni territory but none the less the landslide offers a perfect opportunity for those claiming the number of dead in the final phase of Sri Lanka’s conflict to come out and declare how many died from the landslide. The Government of Sri Lanka has done the correct thing by officially seeking assistance from the US Government, the same nation that found only 3 graves one of which was an LTTE grave with 960 bodies from US satellite images taken during the final phase of the conflict.

No sooner the landslide took place a good look at the internet sites as examples would show that people were told ‘hundreds were dead’. By that anyone could assume that the dead varied from 101 to 999 dead. Most of these ‘dead’ and ‘missing’ figures came from foreign sources.

As of 3rd November 2014 the number of officially declared dead remains just 5 (3 females, a male and a 6 year old girl) while 33 are missing. So the gap between ‘feared dead’ and actually dead is far more than the meaning of the English word itself!

Yet, the sensationalism of guessing the dead and missing can be compared to the dead and missing from the last phase of the war wherein reports still emerge of the dead standing between 40,000 and 175,000 and counting. None of the guessers have of course provided a single name of the dead nor given solid evidence of how they came about the ‘dead’ numbers.

They have found a very cosy camouflage in the newly established ‘witness protection’ system where any accusation and allegation automatically gets elevated to the position of ‘credible evidence’ and sources end up getting 20 years anonymity. At the end of 20 years how many would remember to challenge these anonymous ‘allegations’ that crucified nations and targeted people?

So who do we call to count the dead from the most recent catastrophe in Sri Lanka….

We should ask Gordon Weiss the former UN spokesman who was in Colombo throughout but kept increasing the ‘dead’ figures with each year. Gordon Weiss perhaps may like to write a book ‘Landslide’ instead of Cage.

We need to also engage people who even after 5 years are ‘still counting the dead’ but making massive profits from book sales. Frances Harrison may also like to join the BBC and prepare a documentary on landslide victims, perhaps they too have been raped like her Nandani story (the first rape case after the war ended) and these landslide victims can also appeal for refugee status to the UK. We may also find out that like Nandani there may be solicitors in the UK that charge to physically torture people to facilitate the refugee application in what has been a breakthrough in immigration fraud in the UK.

We may also like to refer the landslide case to former Ban Ki Moon panel experts who were in EU employment and through EU funding are publishing reports against Sri Lanka by taking a handful of cases of former LTTE cadres and then declaring Sri Lankan troops tortured and raped them and concluding that ‘systematic rape and torture’ takes place in Sri Lanka. Haldamulla may end up a new report against Sri Lanka from EU-Sooka.

We should not ask UN Colombo to send any Country Team to make their assessment of the missing or dead because the UN will soon appoint someone like Petrie who would negate the findings and declare UN had failed Sri Lankan Tamils and Haldamulla landslide victims were majority Tamils.

We may also find ourselves in for another Resolution from the UNHRC calling for ‘accountability’ by Sri Lanka for the landslide victims. Even if the landslide was a natural rain affected incident there may be some way that a Resolution can be drafted against Sri Lanka. A phone call threatening to cut aid is enough for any country to vote in favour of Resolutions against targeted countries even if they know Sri Lanka is innocent such is the transparency and goodwill in the UN system!

Perhaps the UN may make reference to another ‘joint statement’ between Sri Lanka’s leader and the UN head claiming Sri Lanka promised an investigation.

We are still awaiting the foreign parliamentarians to come forward with their statements against Sri Lanka for handling the post-landslide debacle too. They too may demand that UN launch an investigation or better still seek a humanitarian intervention incorporating R2P because Sri Lanka is incapable of handling the issue.

Then the human rights and charities may also emerge demanding return of land, removal of military and some unknown party will end up funding scores of reports against Sri Lanka and of course we cannot wait for a C4 documentary to emerge ‘Landslide Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’ most probably another Nobel award recipient even before the documentary is out and lots of trips abroad to speak about how bad Sri Lanka has handled the landslide matter. The documentary may end up screened in EU and UK Parliament with tears of viewers screened across mainstream media.

As always the media enjoys ruffling a few feathers so we are yet to know whether the US has been officially told by the GOSL or whether that was something of their own making and we know how far media has been able to make quite a lot of fiction over the years.

These are the scenarios we find ourselves in. Haldamulla district and its plantation estate families will end up recovering from whatever the GOSL is able to provide while all the external parties will not provide a drop of relief but will ensure buckets of accusations are thrown at Sri Lanka. It has been the case for the last 5 years and will continue until their agenda is met.

 

 

 

11 Responses to “Let those who guessed 40,000 plus dead tell us how many are dead in Haldamulla”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Very true. For a SMALL number of dead in the recent landslide that killed some Tamils, they screamed THOUSANDS dead.

    This is a PLOY to get MAXIMUM AID and attention from foreign countries. This is part of TAMIL CULTURE. We in Jaffna HIRE “professional mourners” (low caste women who are experts in crying and howling) when someone dies to SCREAM and HOWL to the low hells as if the entire Tamil race has died.

    GOSL did a good job in minimizing deaths which is commendable.

  2. Nanda Says:

    But the government did not act fast to get there and declare the “actual dead” estimate correctly. We cannot blame foreigners forever. This is the main issue we have.

  3. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    IT IS A VERY, VERY DIFFICULT PROCESS TO GATHER INFORMATION ON HOW MANY ARE DEAD. THEY HAVE TO FIRST KNOW HOW MANY LINE ROOMS ARE INVOLVED, HOW MANY HOUSES ARE INVOLVED. INFORMATION HAS TO BE GATHERED FROM THE LIVING. LET US BE PATIENT, WITHOUT CASTING ASPERSIONS. THANKS.

  4. SA Kumar Says:

    just 5 (3 females, a male and a 6 year old girl) – SDW please do not yes JUST !!!

  5. SA Kumar Says:

    Susantha Wijesinghe – est missing = 28 * 5 (maximum) less 138 !
    sure we can not expect from our 5th grate ministers .

  6. Marco Says:

    On 29 Oct- “More than 100 people are believed to have died,” Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told Reuters news agency.
    President Rakapakse tweeted the same adding that heavy machinery was to be deployed to speed up rescue efforts.

    It is clear that the GOSL overstated the crisis as the complete death toll is far less. This was completely manageable from internal resources with only the search and rescue, which should have been faster, to be handled by a National Disaster response teams.

    It was very sad to see the generosity of our citizens wasted. AID was piled high, with the authorities NOT knowing what to do with them.

  7. Christie Says:

    Tamils and other Indians are worth much more than a Sinhalese, a Muslim, a Burgher, a Malay or any other non-Indian. That is the reason, one Tamil is about 30 of them and my arithmetic is not very good. Talking about Harrison and Weiss I have asked them how much they are paid by the Third Eye and they did not answer me. The same goes for the C4 and its contractors.

  8. SA Kumar Says:

    just 5 (3 females, a male and a 6 year old girl) –
    Estimate people of Sri Lankan missing from landslide 120 family x 5 (maximum) less 138 +75 school childern = 387 !

  9. SA Kumar Says:

    It was very sad to see the generosity of our citizens wasted.- Fully agreed.
    Tamils and other Indians are worth much more than a Sinhalese, a Muslim, a Burgher, a Malay or any other non-Indian. – No .

  10. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    VERY GOOD QUESTION. VERY GOOD COMPARISON. IF THESE SATELLITES CAN COUNT THE NUMBER DEAD IN HALDAMULLA THEN THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO COUNT THE DEAD AT THE END OF THE WAR.

    NOT ONLY COUNT THE DEAD BUT PINPOINT WHO DID THE KILLING.

    THESE SATELLITES SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THE SAME WITH THE ACTIONS OF THE IPKF WHEN THEY WERE IN SRI LANKA

    THESE SATELLITES SHOULD BE ABLE TO SPOT THE GENOCIDE OF TAMIL CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS BY LTTE

    THERE IS A LOT OF SATELLITE COVERAGE DURING THAT WAR THAT IS NOT BEING USED. WHY?

  11. SA Kumar Says:

    THERE IS A LOT OF SATELLITE COVERAGE DURING THAT WAR THAT IS NOT BEING USED. WHY? Not us full.
    than why ABLE TO COUNT THE DEAD AT THE END OF THE WAR- because 13A not implemented after war .
    13A implemented (NP election for Saiva TE) after 5 years- than it was too late.

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