Sri Lanka: "Let our people go"
Sri Lanka's internment camps continued to hold over 250,000 Tamil IDPs of a war which ended in May 2009.
The situation inside the camps is told to be improving by the Sri Lankan government, however it refuted by other news sources. The freedom the Tamils starved for over decades in Sri Lanka, now seems an impossible avenue for these Tamil IDPs. The Sri Lankan government was supposedly liberating these Tamils from terrorism, now these Tamils live open air prisioners in mostly unthinkable living conditions, except in the model camps where the external delegates are toured.
People are not cattle and they cannot be fed and medicated indefinitely. At some point they need freedom. Sadly, these people cannot speak for themselves, so I feel obliged to tell you what I’ve seen. It may not be the best for my security in Colombo, it may go wrong, but I can no longer look these people in the eye and tell them to wait. It makes me sick to my stomach.
Most of all, I cannot bear to see the children. When I see children anywhere it now reminds me. I know how hard it is to get a kid to eat and go to the bathroom and stay out of trouble and I don’t know how you do it in a camp. I don’t know how you do it without the support of family and the ability to make a living.
While this five year old in the camp was celebrating his birthday, I was in Haputale having unrelated cake. I was driving through the clouds, seeing the world and feeling as free as I could be. Some things are wrong and some things are right. This just feels wrong. We need to let our people go.
Due to the lack of journalists access to the internment camps news flow is highly restricted.
Channel 4 news released a new video on how war without witness has secretly filmed situation inside these camps.
James Elder, a UNICEF official, was ordered to leave the country after expressing his concerns for children in these camps.
The Sri Lankan government has ordered a UNICEF official to leave the country, accusing him of spreading propaganda supporting Tamil rebels, the agency -- the United Nations Children's Fund -- told CNN Sunday.