Muslim villagers of Kalmunaikkudi complain aid misuse

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 June 2010, 17:12 GMT]
Residents of Kalmunaikkudi, a densely populated Muslim suburb of Kalmunai town, 40 kilometres south of Batticaloa, which suffered worst by the giant waves of Tsunami in December 2004, complain that the funds allocated for the Muslim residents under the tsunami rehabilitation scheme by the Sri Lankan government have been diverted for the benefit of the Sinhalese people who were not affected by the tsunami.

426 tsunami affected Muslim families of Kalmunaikkudi are still living without any basic facilities in temporary shelters without returning to normal life.

Though 426 houses have been constructed for these affected families, the houses remain without electricity connection, water supply and road facilities.

The Muslim tusnami affected say that permanent houses and several other buildings have been constructed for the use of people living in Sinhalese areas of Ampaa'rai district using the funds allocated for their rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Their difficulties were not taken into consideration by relevant Sri Lankan authorities although they continuously brought their plight to the notice of politicians, government officers and non-governmental organizations during the last 6 years.

The villagers also expressed deep concern over the step motherly treatment by Muslim parliamentarians elected by them.

On June 16 the affected villagers picketed in front of the office of Kalmunai DS office from morning till evening handing over a memorandum to Kalmunai DS Mr. I. Naubal.


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