"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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UN Committee expresses grave concern about 800,000 displaced Tamils

Tamil Child in the VanniThe UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, at its 25th meeting held on 13 May 1998 declared:

"7.The Committee expresses its grave concern regarding the situation of an estimated 800,000 displaced persons, many of whom have been living in temporary shelters for the past 15 years, because of the armed conflict, and who lack basic sanitation, education, food, clothing and health care. It is reported that Tamil families who were forced by the military to leave their ancestral villages in the Welioya region are among these displaced persons.

8. The Committee is alarmed by the results of an independent survey estimating the incidence of under nourishment of women and children living in these shelters to be as high as seventy percent.... ." (Concluding Observations of  the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the Report submitted by Sri Lanka under Articles 16 and 17 of the Covenant - E/C.12/1/Add.24, 13 May 1998)


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