"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."

- Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 


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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01

Arbitrary embargo on essential food and medicine to the Tamil homeland

Tamil Child in the VanniAt the same time, President Kumaratunga enforced an arbitrary embargo on the transport of essential food and medicine to the Tamil homeland.

"The Jaffna Government Agent (GA) told a conference at Colombo's Rehabilitation Ministry on 31 May that Rs.5 million ($100,000) was immediately required to supply food (to the north)... Plans for rehabilitation have ground to a halt after the government disbanded the North-East Rehabilitation Task Force in mid-May. Shortage of medicines is affecting poor patients in the north. Even painkillers and antibiotics are in short supply. .. Reports say 116 people died in the Jaffna hospital in the Jaffna Hospital, the majority of septicaemia. Only a fraction of the 300 lorry loads of food required for 200,000 people has reached Killinochchi District and reports say the GA has no reserve food stocks. Kerosene is hard to obtain even at a high price." (British Refugee Council Publication, Sri Lanka Monitor, May 1995)


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