Displacement caused by 'Edibala' - Official figures

Place: Vanni | Courtesy: TamilNet
| Date: 19970226

Sri Lanka's latest military operation, 'Edibala', has caused an exodus of Tamil civilians who are now stranded in ill-equipped and over-crowded refugee camps. The following are figures of the displaced people obtained from the records of the Assistant Government Agent of Mannar.

BEFORE FEBRUARY 22nd 

NO. OF NO. OF REFUGEE AREA DISPLACED FAMILIES CAMP FLEEING FROM

10,618 2,715 Maddu Mixed 1,344 313 Palampiddy Mixed 1,845 434 Iranai Illuppaikulam Vavuniya district 543 126 Kalmadu Vavuniya district 96 23 Villathikulam Vavuniya district 275 69 Periamadu school Nanaddan division 3,694 983 Nanaddan Nanaddan division 1,007 297 Nanaddan Mannar division

TOTAL PERSONS DISPLACED: 19,422 -------------------------------

ON FEBRUARY 22nd

NO. OF NO. OF REFUGEE AREA DISPLACED FAMILIES CAMPFLEEING FROM 367 99 Pallampiddy Mixed 73 24 Maddu Manthai West 149 41 Maddu Nanaddan 49 17 Maddu Musali 19 05 Maddu Mannar

TOTAL PERSONS DISPLACED: 657 ----------------------------- GRAND TOTAL: 20,079 --------------------

Due to Sri Lanka's ban on journalists to the northeast, little is known internationally about the worsening refugee crisis in Tamil areas. Men, women and children are languishing in unspeakable conditions. Of all Sri Lankan governments the present Chandrika-government has inflicted the worst suffering on the Tamil population ever, subjecting hundreds of thousands to homelessness, insecurity and debilitating illnesses through a rigorously-enforced medical embargo. While this has not escaped the attention of international relief agencies, it remains an open secret that many of them fear Sri Lanka would evict them from the war-zone if they were to criticise openly the government's policy of blocking adequate relief to those displaced. The government manipulates this fear-syndrome to its fullest. Meanwhile, as tens of thousands of refugees languish in over-crowded camps with no end in sight, it remains unlikely that Sri Lanka's press will highlight these statistics, preferring to keep hidden the plight of Tamils from the world community.