The Sunday Leader

Stop The Humiliation

Geneva was a humiliation that must not be repeated. All responsible for the shame that was brought before the country must now devise an effective plan that will prove credible before such international forums. The issues facing the masses in Kilinochchi should prove a good start to this. And a lot remains undone in Kilinochchi. Granted, houses have been built, schools rehabilitated and livelihoods creation attempted. Normalcy is really not far off. But there is still the fear of the uncertainty. Of the unknown and the unmet.

Psychological scars remain unravelled. There seems little attempted in reaching beyond the brick and mortar. Certainly, the security forces are on the ground and meeting the day to day needs of the displaced. They have built successful bridges between the one time enemies. They have overcome the initial post conflict glitches that can affect a rehabilitation and resettlement process. But the concern is that the greater issues of reconciliation are today a non starter in a scenario where there is a significant military presence.

Land is also an issue that demands Colombo’s attention on an immediate basis. A people who struggled under the most trying of circumstances under a three decade long war, are today ready to fight the scorching sun. Yet, land is slow in coming to the resettled. Bereft of livelihoods other than farming the struggle for the youth is one between dignity and survival.

They believe themselves the victims of a political dialogue thus far denied them. It is in this scenario that the lack of an effective mechanism for reconciliation, beyond infrastructure development is questioned there. The relevance of such issues can not afford to be ignored in a post Geneva scenario. The commitments made refuse space for little else.

The central focus of the UNHRC recommendations of holding elections is another muddled issue in the province. The realization of the political rights of the Tamil people at an independent election for the North is awaited in Kilinochchi.

If the government desires an effective end to the political claims of the LTTE, the need to reach the people with a credible plan that provides greater engagement of these people can not be emphasized more.

The people are far removed from their political needs and aspirations here. There is no discussion of where they may proceed post war. There is no appreciation of what they want. The language barrier is little help. Lost in the translation is much that can not afford to be ignored. The people miss an effective engagement with the powers that be. The stakeholders await the arrival of a vehicle that can interpret their needsin to action.

The ignorance of their aspirations either by design or by default is a mistake that can have serious implications on the post war needs of the North. The lack of such a discussion parallel to the impressive infrastructure development that is evident along the A9 is bound to implode at some point on time. Calculation of that time is a necessity that is slow in reaching the timeframe set in force in Geneva.

The people who speak of their woes in the hands of the LTTE believe it is time their concerns moved on. They want it moved beyond the harsh realities of the scorching sun that forces itself down on them. These; the people who have suffered the worse of a three decade long war are at their lowest ebbs of hope. They want to believe the help that comes in the form of shelter, livelihoods and normalcy.

They are tired answering questions of the LTTE. The relevance today is beyond their comprehension. All they want is an assurance that their defeat has real meaning. They are desirous of allowing the benefits of peace to speak for itself. Closure therefore is a necessity that cannot be denied nor overlooked. Till every mother knows the real fate of her child, a wife her husband, reconciliation will continue a futile effort.

Every day lost in the provision of credible responses to actual numbers of the dead and the whereabouts of the missing or the detained, is one that drives the people closer towards a loss of faith in the government. These are all mistakes a government need necessarily avoid if reconciliation is to prove successful and international probes shunned.

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