Sinhala journalists visit Jaffna IDP families
[TamilNet, Friday, 17 September 2004, 15:27 GMT]
A group of Sinhala journalists Friday visited several welfare centres in
the Jaffna district where large number of internally displaced families
(IDP) are given shelter and inquired from them their difficulties living as refugees, civil group sources said.
Earlier they met with Mr.C.Ilamparithi, Jaffna district political head of
the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the Potpathi Road, Kokuvil, political office and
discussed about the current situation in the peninsula.
briefed the journalists the sufferings of the hundreds of thousands
of IDP families who are languishing in welfare centres without basic and
essential facilities for several years, sources said.
Mr. Ilamparithi said that normalcy has not returned
to the lives of the Tamil people in the Jaffna district even after more
than thirty months have passed since the signing of the ceasefire agreement
by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and LTTE, sources said.
Mr.V. Thavachchelvam, President of the Jaffna Journalists Association and
Mr.Arulchelvam, Co-ordinator of the Media Training Institute in Jaffna
later briefed the Southern journalists the problems faced by Jaffna
district journalists. The discussion took place at the Jaffna Media
Training Institute, sources said.
The IDPs are unable to return to their houses or resume cultivation in their
agricultural plots as their houses and lands are located inside the High Security Zone (HSZ) demarkated by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA).