Channel 4 news released a news of “Shocking Claims in Srilanka s concentration camps in Vavuniya” yesterday. I watched it first with trying to understand what they were trying to say here. I saw some of the things said does not really add up with the reality. So I decided to look at the facts in the video logically to see where things are wrong or things have “SKIPPED”.
Here is the youtube upload of this news telecast.
There was a police officer present. Did the policeman ignore this illegal videoing? Throughout the video we see army ppl, police ppl. So is this video really illegal?
4 dead bodies left.
Why didn’t the cameraman get a video on this if the bodies are left there. It would have beeing great evidence to the story. Also were the ppl expecting the army or someone from the government to come and bury the bodies. Great, they have to feed u, cloth u, build homes and now burry the dead also.
2 spoons of milk powder….
say for the sake of argument this is true. the mother is asking for “milk powder” for the kid. Not food. If the kid was hungry wouldn’t the person ask for food rather than milk? (for the ppl who thinks the kid might be in a young state which can only drink milk should know, children at that stage drink milk from their mother, and mother should try to find food for her self to provide milk for her kid. but normally if the child was on that stage he/she should have been addressed as “baby”)
There are still children here without their parents.
Take note there are around 200,000 ppl in IDP centers, And these IDP centers are spread across the country as the space, resources and reachability had being available. Now you try to figure out how to get those 200,000 ppl to each of their families and which IDP centres should they end up in. (u may assume the war is over and there is no economy problem in the country everyone in the IDP are well fed and nourished and also that all the IDP are in the IDP camps. U can also assume that some country kindly steps in to run the country with the sole purpose of the benefit of the ppl in this country and the love for them while u r working on this problem). Let me give u a few hints on to make your task easy.
- You have to take details of every person in IDP
- name,age,place they last lived
- names of parents/brother/sisters/relatives and when they have last seen each other
Getting these information might be very tricky of they are children or very old ppl
You may use a computer or just write down the details in a piece of paper
Consider alternative spellings, pronounciations for the details you acquire
- Then you have to match these details with everyone in other IDP camps in Sri Lanka. Use the search functionality in the computer or hire a couple of 100 ppl to search through the paper piles.
- Like wise determine each family and where each member of the family is located in which IDP. Make sure your groupings are correct. Don’t reunite the wrong son with the wrong mother. You know how such errors flares up ppl.
- If the original living places of the families has not yet been de-mined, try to find out to which IDP centres each and every family should end up if we are to reunite them. Make sure this is done with minimum expense (no re-routing)
- Once the families are reunited make sure the resources for their welbeing is also avaialble where ever they ended up, until such time they can go home.
(How much time would u estimate will take for this?)
We don’t have a life here. This is a jail.
In NFZ, There was no roof to your head. Nw you do (atleast a canvas roof). You had only porridge to feed and that is maximum once a day (we give rice, curry and meat). You didn’t have medicine for the wounds u got when u were caught between the battles in NFZ. A Panadol is no longer Rs. 100 for you now. You can get it for free now even. You wore the same cloths for months while in NFZ. At least now u can wash those cloths for a change if the cloths we send are unfit for you to wear. Cant these ppl atleast appreciate how they are now compared to how they were? They were displaced for more than a year with terrible conditions. But with 2-3 months in IDP camps they complain. Is this how the majority acts in these IDP camps?
We don’t know who is alive or who is dead.
Was this a question? I don’t think anyone knows the answer for this yet. Remember the tsunami? The same questions are there. There are still ppl in the country who are looking for their children and parents who went missing during the tsunami 5 years ago.
We learned of 2 children who died who caught up in a crowd who was trying to get to a food distribution truck.
Say for the sake of argument that this information is true. Consider the situation in NFZ against this scenario. Were the children brave enough to go towards the LTTE ppl who took the food from the ship to ask for food from them? Were the ppl brave enough to go in a rush and demand for food from LTTE? We heard what the civilians said abt how the LTTE distributed food to the them. You bcome bold and you get bullets in return. But the above statement suggests ppl has no such fear.
The food just does not appear out of thin air. The government has to find ways to get money to buy these food. We ppl in Sri Lanka are further helping this process with our own salaries personally donating our own resources. Were the LTTE at least doing some farming to around prabakarans garden? They were also eating and driking the food of Sri Lankan ppl. They don’t even have a shame doing that while fighting a war against the same hand that feeds them. I wonder whether they even thought of it that way.
They were only thinking about food, nothing else.
Well this is an improvement. Earlier they were thinking abt not getting killed by the war or not taken by the LTTE to fight the war. After they stop thinking about food, they will next think abt cloths. Do you see the irony here?
Lack of coordination.
Have to agree there. This is always the problem in Sri Lanka. Never a good coordination. But I’ll tell u something of my experience about the SL Army during the Deyata Kirula exhibition. When all other exhibition stalls were a mess with ppl here and there, its only the Army exhbition stalls were in order, and nicely organized. It was really something to see. Too bad the IDP camps were are not runned by the army also. Just a speculation.
Women had to bath openly in the camp.
This doesn’t say that the women bath naked openly on the camp. That means they must have some kind of clothing on while they bath. Is this really unusual? In india the “Ganga” river is famous for this (as much as the river being famous). Both in India and Sri Lanka I have seen women bathing wearing cloths out in the open. I’m not aproving that they should, but what I’m saying is that this is not a hardship for women. If they don’t have cloths then it’s a problem. One happy thing we can get from this statement is that they have water to bathe. When they were held hostages by LTTE they had only muddy water to drink even (muddy water which dogs had died even – something which was on the paper explaning what one of the civilians who escapsed told to the reporter).
The government said it could last for 3 years
With the Sri Lankan standards its an improvement. I heard that there are still tsunami victims who still live in temporary camps. Anyway government had already started permenant reselttlement of the ppl. Its going slow. But atleast it going somewhere.
So if your soldiers are abusing ppl … they should be punished?
Definitely. If any of the ppl who are handling this IDP camps are abusing any one without any good reason (If there is a LTTE cadre in civilian disguise, I say kick him in the ass, no question there) they should definitely be brought in front of the court and charged with highest punishments. This is a responsibility of the government to keep the decipline.
Never trust what these guys say. They are bunch of biased idiots. They exist only to report whats wrong in one side while acting as if the other side were just children who doesn’t know whats right or wrong.
Army remains the dominant force there.
If the army is dominating the camp, there will NEVER be such incidents as “…2 children who died caughtup in a crowd…”. They know how to distribute resources without making a mess. And also if this was the case, this video would not have existed even.
3 women dead at a bathing area.
Just because the army has the power, that does not mean they use it to dominate. With all the LTTE false claims, it would be foolish for the army to create mayham themselves and tarnish its reputation. Atleast I don’t think if something like rape or abuse does happen in the hand of army personnel they would be foolish enough to have the proof laying around the camp or in the bathing area. They could have easily hidden it.
This is the first time I’ve heard of Channel 4 news. And I must say finally some attention to Channel 4 news. Their numbers must be doing good now.
Thus I see a lot of mismatches in this so called “illegal video clip”. For example non of the things showed in the video clip supported anything that was said by the “aid workers” or the “IDP detainee”. In short the video footage was totally useless for the news other than to try to convince the viewers that the aid workers were talking from within this IDP camp. As I know aid workers are not barricaded to the IDP camp (correct me if I’m wrong), if so why hadn’t they anonymously reveled so called hardships to the world. Why did they wait for a cameraman from a foreign news agency smuglle in to a camp in daylight with a camera. Notice all the interviews were taken in a dark sourrounding. It was very professionally done. Either the person was well hidden in the dark with bits of pieces of him revealed to the camera or the shadow of the person talking is shown. There were barely any background noises. I know that this part of my logic is not very satisfying but I have to question, a guy who has smuggled him self in with a camera has certainly been resourceful in the middle of a IDP camp with army hovering every where. Either he is going to be a very good journalist or this was staged (hey there is no harm in questioning our doubt).
With what I read from the news papers reports of what civilians in IDP said is that they are far better off in IDP than being the LTTE hostages. If such ppl are now making claims like this, its unbelievable. Seems more like LTTE propaganda.