» 06/22/2012, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Refugees for 20 years, Tamil Catholic families forced to live in the jungle
With the Civil War, the community of Mullikulam (Mannar, Northern Province) has lost everything: homes, properties, land. They can't return to their home village because the Navy wants to build a naval base there. Now the government has placed them in a forest: they sleep on the floor, surrounded by elephants and snakes. They need to build new homes, but they have no tools. Catholic priest: "We are witnessing an intolerable and meaningless discrimination."
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For the past 25 years, residents from the village of Mullikulam have lived as IDPs in the jungle of Marichchikattu without proper housing, sanitation, running water, and electricity. They were also unable to attend Midnight Mass because it was “too dangerous, owing to the presence of elephants on the road." The military drove them from the refugee camp to the church, but soldiers “cannot do anything to improve the situation because everything depends on orders by senior officers.
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Military sources speak of 100,000 people. For the Red Cross the situation is close to a disaster. Father Sebamalai, parish priest in Vavuniya, says that ten schools in the town have been turned into relief centres for refugees, who only have the clothes on their back. Residents are organising to help the displaced, but only the military can go in and out of relief centres.
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