Grim scenes at Sri Lankan camps - Channel 4 report from Vavuniya
Channel 4 exposes the real situation of concentration camp at Vavuniya. Sri Lanka government usually arrange guided visit to a specific detention camp. This time Channel 4 visited a different camp with hidden camera and spoke freely to few people out there. The report from the visit looks very shocking.
-> Women are separated from the family and sexually abused
-> Abduction & disappearances
-> Dead bodies lying in many places of camp for days
-> Shortage of food and water
An Aid worker:
"Personally I saw 4 dead bodies inside the camp. Three women and a man. It must have been near to 3 to 4 days. People just live with dead bodies without doing anything. Some children are close to one. They didn't know that it was dead. People don't know whom to complain to. So they just leave them. I saw mothers unable to feed their children. One asked me with tears for two spoons of milk powder to feed her kid.but I couldn't help her."
Relative of camp detainee:
"There are still children here without their parents. They are living through hardship. We don't have a life here. This is a jail. We don't know who is alive and who is dead."
"We learned of two children who died when they were caught up in a crowd that was trying to get through a food distribution truck. People were exhausted. They were only thinking about getting food nothing else. There is a lack of coordination and competency. The government's only objective is to eradicate people from the areas that tamil tiger control."
Female aid worker:
"One elderly mother was crying inside the camp. I asked why. She said they have taken her daughter away and she haven't heard her at all. There are many people taken from the camp and go missing. Women are sexually abused and no one takes any action. There is no one to complain to. Nobody does at all. They know they are being watched. They are afraid they will go missing."
"Women have to bath in the open in front of everyone in the camp. Yesterday aid workers found the body of atleast three women, dead at the bating area."
- Thanks Channel 4
Channel 4 News reports from a camp in the northern Sri Lankan city of Vavuniya, where Tamil refugees have been taken.
Shocking claims have emerged of shortages of food and water, dead bodies left where they have fallen, women separated from their families, and even sexual abuse.
This programme obtained the first independently filmed pictures from the internment camps set up by the Sri Lankan government to house Tamils who have fled the country's civil war
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