Saturday, June 11, 2005

LATEST NEWS FROM SRI LANKA - SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POST THOUGHTS......YOU CAN STOP THIS - CAN'T YOU ??

THE PICTURES ON THIS PAGE WERE TAKEN BY A CAMERA DONATED BY EMMA LOTHIAN OF WORLD DISASTER HELP, NOW WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION AS HUMANS TO FIX THE BITS IN THESE PICTURES THAT IS WRONG - DON'T WE?

6 MONTHS AGO Boxing Day became a Significant Day like September 11th

Muzza is our friend and Asian Moderator of World Disaster Help
and www.samadana-m.org writes to us, this should not be happening, it really shouldn't, Could somebody please contact us if you can help these poor people............ THIS STORY IS REAL ......

ONE STORM AND THESE THINGS WILL BE BLOWN AWAY AND IF THE PEOPLE ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY THEY WILL BE VERY LUCKY, EVEN A CANVAS TENT WOULD BE MORE SECURE AND SAFER IF PITCHED RIGHT
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Dear Steve and others

I am sending you some picture to show you the status in which the effected people are living today, even after 6 months.

You see in one of the picture a person called Nilam is speaking. We interviewed him and he said, that the government is playing with their life and future.




He said:" We have been living first in canvas tents and then now in these zinc sheet shelter. This shelter was provided to us by an organisation called ERRO Lanka. You can see for your eyes how we a family of 6 could live in this 12x 14 room. All around and on top it is covered with zinc sheet. The sun always is very hot hear. Therefore, what has been done is that we are put into an oven to be baked.




We cannot blame ERRO Lanka, as if not for them we will be living under tents or nowhere. We have no privacy. We as Muslims are not used to live in houses that are build in rows. We had individual houses and right round our houses, we covered our compound with either cadjans or palm leaves or build a wall around. This is how even the Tamils lived. We are a community who are supposed to pray 5 times a day.




We find it very difficult to exercise this compulsory obligation towards God. Where is our life leading too. Without our knowledge our culture is been transformed into something else." He further said. " The government is least interested. They are still discussing about the land issue and the buffer zone policy. They have failed to find us alternative land. If they would give us the land and the money we will build our houses. They speak about the buffer zone and about a law that had existed for several years.




They could have implemented this when the law was passed. They failed then and now they trying to implement when we are in a helpless situation. The government is playing a hypocrisy role. They are allowing tourist guest houses and hotels to be rebuilt within the buffer zones but not our houses. As if they are very worried about our lives than that of those tourist.

These are cock and bull stories.

We earn our living from the seas and we need to live where we were. It is true our loved ones died. We feel sorry and sad, but then death will come to us one day or other and in one form or another. We have decided to live and face life as it comes. Tell the government not to play with our lives and our livelihood places. They want to bring in the tourist to earn money but are not realising how much it is going to cost as damages to our environment, culture and our lifestyle."




" We have no alternative, other than to take our children and women and get to the road and march down to the administrative office and speak out our needs. I doubt even then if they would realise."

So you see, the contradiction between the people and the government. Good for a discussion

With Regards,
Muzza

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