60,000 Tamil Children In Vanni Denied Right To School

Place: Vanni | Courtesy: TamilCanadian
| Date: 19971012

Sinhalese military activities in Tamil Eelam are devastating the lives of thousands of Tamil children. The Sinhalese government denies the entry of medicines to Vanni, it blocks the transport of properly nutritious food to children and it conducts military operations which have displaced youngsters in their tens of thousands.

School is now a luxury to many children, with 61,904 Tamil children not even having the means to attend, after suffering constant displacements. The Sinhalese military, however, continues its trauma-inducing artillery attacks on Tamil towns and creates an environment where there is not the physical nor mental security for children to attend school. Tamil schools have also frequently been specifically targeted by artillery and aerial bombing by the military.

NUMBERS OF CHILDREN UNABLE TO ATTEND SCHOOL (BREAKDOWN)

KILINOCHCHI DISTRICT 30,077
MULLAITIVU DISTRICT 25,286
MANNAR DISTRICT 4,157
VAVUNIYA DISTRICT 2,384