Children abducted from Sri Lankan camps

I read some shocking news this morning.  The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers (of which Amnesty International is a member) said yesterday that children are being abducted from refugee camps in northern Sri Lanka by Tamil paramilitary groups allied with the government.  It’s not clear what the motives are for the abductions.  Some children may have been taken due to suspicion of links with the opposition Tamil Tigers, while others appear to be kidnapped for ransom.  The abductions are happening at night when security at the camps is reduced.

The Sri Lankan government recently completed its military offensive against the Tigers, recapturing all the territory held by them and reportedly killing their leaders.  The Tigers had been seeking an independent state for the Tamil minority in the north and east of the island.  About 270,000 civilians were displaced by the fighting in recent months and are now in overcrowded camps in the north which they’re not allowed to leave.

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, said recently that she was negotiating with the Sri Lankan government to send a special envoy to assess the situation of children in Sri Lanka first hand.  The Sri Lankan government has reportedly agreed in principle to such a visit.

It’s urgent that the Sri Lankan government provide adequate security immediately at the camps to protect the children.  We can’t wait for the UN special envoy to arrive in Sri Lanka.  The people of Sri Lanka have suffered enough during the war between the government and the Tamil Tigers.  No more parents should experience the anguish of losing their children.

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13 thoughts on “Children abducted from Sri Lankan camps

  1. I realize that the world is only hearing about these types of horror stories now, but we have been hearing it for many years. Whether or not people believe me I want to let people know some of the sufferings that have been going on. One of my friends families their nieces are in the concentration camps. They have been accused of being "Tamil tigers". They shaved off both their heads and made them walk through the camp and now they have been taken them away from their parents. Their aunt is crying and scared because she knows she will never get to talk to her nieces again. They are going to be gang raped by the Sri Lankan army and their organs maybe even sold. This is the life of a Tamil in Sri Lanka, we are at the bottom of the food chain.

  2. I realize that the world is only hearing about these types of horror stories now, but we have been hearing it for many years. Whether or not people believe me I want to let people know some of the sufferings that have been going on. One of my friends families their nieces are in the concentration camps. They have been accused of being “Tamil tigers”. They shaved off both their heads and made them walk through the camp and now they have been taken them away from their parents. Their aunt is crying and scared because she knows she will never get to talk to her nieces again. They are going to be gang raped by the Sri Lankan army and their organs maybe even sold. This is the life of a Tamil in Sri Lanka, we are at the bottom of the food chain.

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  4. So this is life ( or its end ) in the Tamil concentration camps. Rape & the disappearing of children by the army. We most begin a movement at once demanding the freeing of all the internees from the death camps, complete transparency regarding conditions, & the return of Tamils, all of them, to their homes. We don't want the "peace" to become the Sinhalese final solution to the Tamil "problem" by relocation & permanent displacement. Save the children .. save the children…save the youth … i see the need for Amnesty's call for a truth commission as vital part of the corrective processing. An investigation of the Tamil progovenment paramilitaries must also be included here.

  5. So this is life ( or its end ) in the Tamil concentration camps. Rape & the disappearing of children by the army. We most begin a movement at once demanding the freeing of all the internees from the death camps, complete transparency regarding conditions, & the return of Tamils, all of them, to their homes. We don’t want the “peace” to become the Sinhalese final solution to the Tamil “problem” by relocation & permanent displacement. Save the children .. save the children…save the youth … i see the need for Amnesty’s call for a truth commission as vital part of the corrective processing. An investigation of the Tamil progovenment paramilitaries must also be included here.

  6. Sri Lanka refuses to open camps to UN or aid or rights.

    And why will they ?

    They're grinning, now.

  7. Sri Lanka refuses to open camps to UN or aid or rights.

    And why will they ?

    They’re grinning, now.

  8. RUBBISH !!

    I trust you get your information from the Tamilnet or the LTTE diaspora… !!

    For your information, many aid organizations including UN are allowed in these areas – Even the Hon. gen Secretary Ban Ki Moon visited these areas. Only those who try to help the LTTE in the name of aid organizations are banned from the areas.

    You call abduction for Giving homes/families to 300 + children without parents ?? I wonder whether U speak in English or any other language or some times I wonder whether U speak from your mouths or some other opening .. The presidents wife her self took custody of these children… what more do U Humanitarians expect ??

    Also, why should the army abduct children ????? If at all they should abduct grownups who they could suspect to have links with the former LTTE… Not children for heavens sake…

    And what is this nonsense about raping women…?? U guys seriously are jobless… !!!!!!!!!!!! Go find a proper Job that make up tales against a country trying to come up after 1/4 century of civil unrest. I think the world should start a movement to prevent people's hard earned money going to rubbish organization to pay rubbish people like U !

  9. RUBBISH !!

    I trust you get your information from the Tamilnet or the LTTE diaspora… !!

    For your information, many aid organizations including UN are allowed in these areas – Even the Hon. gen Secretary Ban Ki Moon visited these areas. Only those who try to help the LTTE in the name of aid organizations are banned from the areas.

    You call abduction for Giving homes/families to 300 + children without parents ?? I wonder whether U speak in English or any other language or some times I wonder whether U speak from your mouths or some other opening .. The presidents wife her self took custody of these children… what more do U Humanitarians expect ??

    Also, why should the army abduct children ????? If at all they should abduct grownups who they could suspect to have links with the former LTTE… Not children for heavens sake…

    And what is this nonsense about raping women…?? U guys seriously are jobless… !!!!!!!!!!!! Go find a proper Job that make up tales against a country trying to come up after 1/4 century of civil unrest. I think the world should start a movement to prevent people’s hard earned money going to rubbish organization to pay rubbish people like U !