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IDP camps: TNA warns of clashes

[DailyMirror, Thursday, 20 August 2009 10:48 No Comment]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) warned in Parliament yesterday of possible clashes between the displaced civilians at the welfare villages in Vavuniya and the security forces stationed there — because of what the party described as the ‘immense hardships’ faced by  these people.

Mavai Senathirajah MP, the general secretary of the TNA, told the House during the debate on the situation in the

welfare villages, that these people were undergoing immense mental strain because of what he termed the horrible living conditions in the camps.

Mr. Senathirajah said that these people were living in an area enclosed by a barbed wire fence, and it had become soggy and unliveable due to the heavy rains. He said that these people should be allowed to return to their villages as soon as possible.

“There is a horrible situation there.  The country will experience the north-eastern monsoon rains next month, and the situation will deteriorate further then. The camp site is impassable for vehicles too. We will not be surprised if the people confront the military. We sound a warning of this,” he said.

The TNA MP said   the displaced civilians would not tolerate their children dying of diseases.

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