Life in Jaffna: The seen and the unseen, the told and the untold

  • 13 Apr 2008 06:20:13 GMT

    [Major General G.A Chandrasiri conceded that there were about 1000 to 1500 LTTE cadres still within the peninsula.]

    Wow, that is a lot!

    1500 Tigers keeping 50,000 SLA at bay!

    So, 15 Tigers = 500 SLA

    3 Tigers = 100 SLA

  • 13 Apr 2008 06:34:44 GMT

    [That is the sad truth.. There is lots of people who can`t afford good living in SL :(]

    I am not an agriculture major, but if government guides people to utilize land and sea resources properly, SL can feed their population without any imports.

    -FL

  • 13 Apr 2008 06:39:25 GMT

    Well, we have quite wonder how many child soldiers among 1000 - 1500 LTTE cadres. May be 990 child soldiers and abductees and 10 including prabakaran.

  • 13 Apr 2008 06:50:12 GMT

    [tour of Jaffna by the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS)

    ]

    Truth[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=YwmjYWT0rRU]

    listen to

    Civil society activist Ruki Fernando

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Nr7C0g-6Y

    sinhala version

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=S1OowGmJGDo

  • 13 Apr 2008 06:51:28 GMT

    [Asif Fuard was a member of a media team taken on a conducted tour of Jaffna by the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) ]

    In a conducted tour there is separation and therefore one has to `calculate` and award status - which is too much for people to do. It is when one has the `experience` that there is life - and the writer/reporter feels like the Jaffna person does.

    A9 closure is a big issue for majority citizens of North. In terms of policy - it feels as if we do not have control over the entries into and exist from our land. The Defence Ministry requirements have made this worse. It speaks ill of a government which requires us to produce legal documents to enter our home.

    In terms of economy - the closure has hit traders most.

    In terms of peace - it has made the armed forces in North more nervous than before - because along with the citizens - they are also separated from their mainland folks.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam - Australian Jaffna Tamil

  • 13 Apr 2008 06:54:40 GMT

    [Although Jaffna peninsula was liberated during the December 1995 Operation Riviresa (Sun Rays)]

    How can an alien force liberate from within? Until the armed forces win the hearts and minds of Tamils - they cannot liberate Tamils from any evil forces - including from within the government.

    We have liberated ourselves from alien rule. It will take time for others to recognize this.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam - Australian Jaffna Tamil

  • 13 Apr 2008 06:58:56 GMT

    Erandaka:

    [Well, we have quite wonder how many child soldiers among 1000 - 1500 LTTE cadres. May be 990 child soldiers and abductees and 10 including prabakaran.]

    With new data, from CHAMI, I am revising the numbers now.

    10 Real Tigers are keeping 50,000 SLA at bay.

    So, 10 Real Tigers = 50,000 SLA

    Thus, 1 Real Tiger = 5,000 SLA

    No way for SLA to capture Vanni... just forget it..SLA must go back to villages and eat Kiribath and Kewun with families and be happy!

  • 13 Apr 2008 07:22:47 GMT

    [Conducted tour of Jaffna]

    This what you get when you visit to an open prison.

    SLA talking about LTTE presence and killing 10-15 per day with out realizing that they all Tamils and born and bread in parts of Jaffna. Relatives and sibilings of those killed are still around and they do waiting for their time of revenge.

    SLA never ever welcomed by Jaffna or that matter any part of north east. They still enemies and will be the case for ever.

  • 13 Apr 2008 07:27:00 GMT

    [Asif Fuard was a member of a media team taken on a conducted tour of Jaffna ]

    Look like either ungrateful or immature - Dog.

  • 13 Apr 2008 07:35:43 GMT

    [Asif Fuard was a member of a media team taken on a conducted tour of Jaffna by the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS)

    In a conducted tour there is separation and therefore one has to `calculate` and award status - which is too much for people to do. It is when one has the `experience` that there is life - and the writer/reporter feels like the Jaffna person does.

    ]

    Gaja,

    Thanks for pointing out these basic facts which some choose to ignore.

    RK