|Resettlement deep in tiger terrain too|
|Friday, 23 October 2009|
The former strongholds of the LTTE -- Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Districts -- are among the areas in which the internally displaced Tamils of Northern Sri Lanka will be resettled under the government's current IDP resettlement programme.
The resettlement of a total 41,685 persons from 12,095 families will take place in the current phase of resettlement which began yesterday, Oct. 22.
Kilinochchi was the administrative center LTTE in what it claimed to be the separate state of Eelam. Mullaitivu was the military stronghold of the LTTE for many years, from which it directed most operations against the Security Forces. This was also the Head Quarters of its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
The government had earlier resettled more than 15,900 of the IDPs which included the elderly and pregnant women who have been re-united with their families, according to their wish, and also the elderly who have no family sent to institutional care. All children who have no family care are resettled under foster care through courts of Sri Lanka . The completion of the current resettlement would leave 210,138 IDPs in relief centers whose resettlement is also planned for early implementation.
The current phase of resettlement will see displaced persons going to the Districts of Vavuniya, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi. Of these Oddusudan, Manthai East and Thunukkai in Mullaitivu District, and Karachchi and Poonakary in the Kilinochchi District were heavily damaged during the days controlled by the LTTE, and as they forcibly moved the people as human shields with the advance of Sri Lanka troops, in the latter stages of the battle to liberate the North from terrorism.The families that are being resettled are given assistance through the following packages of aid depending on needs.
Set of kitchen utensils
Agricultural tool kits
Six months dry rations
Initial payment of Rs.5,000
Shelter grant of Rs.25,000
Land preparation cost of Rs.4,000 per acre
Provision of seed paddy, fertilizer
Provision of transport facilities
Contributions have come from United States High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of India. All other assistance is from the Government of Sri Lanka.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message to the families being resettled states; "That period of immense tragedy is now over, as are the temporary hardships you faced as internally displaced persons. You are moving on to a new life, in the company of family and friends. You will find new and welcome challenges of the future. My Government has done much to make your new life most acceptable to you, providing the needs for a quality of life to enhance your dignity as a person.
|Last Updated ( Friday, 23 October 2009 )|
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