Bring Our Sinhala Friends Back Home”, Plead Jaffna People
[Updated :: 2010-09-17 22:41:15 Hours]
A group of Sinhalese born in Jaffna who were compelled to leave
their home in Jaffna for security reasons due to LTTE atrocities
in 1983 arrived in the Jaffna Civil Affairs and Public Relations
(CIMIC) office this week to submit their request for assistance
to resettle in former living areas in Jaffna.
Representing the team, an elderly person and one middle-aged lady
submitted their letter of request signed by members of eighty Sinhala
families along with valid documents issued by the then government
to claim the ownership of their lands on Tuesday (14.09.2010) morning.
of them had been born, educated and employed in Jaffna while others
are descendants of those families. Speaking with wet eyes eloquently
in both Sinhalese and Tamil languages to the officers of the CIMIC
office and media personnel gathered at the scene to report this
touching moment, they unfolded their nostalgic memories of peaceful
life with neighbouring Tamil friends.
age old bond between two communities were amply demonstrated when
some aged Tamil persons who had showed up at the location to welcome
their Sinhala brothers and sisters requested the CIMIC officers
to assist them to regain the previous company of their friends from
the childhood. They also urge His Excellency the President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to accede
their request and give them opportunity to rebuild good relationship
between two communities.
Sinhala families in question had found their homes earlier in Thirunelveli,
Gurunagar, Kolombuthurai and a few other areas including some populated
streets in the town. The government had vested them some lands.
However, increasing LTTE violence made them leave their property
in 1983 and make temporary shelter initially at centres for the
Internally Displaced. At the moment most of those families are residing
with their relatives in Anuradhapura and Mihinthale areas.