and shattered. Pullaiammah lost her only son to the LTTE on
January 24 this year, when the Tigers forcibly dragged Indrakumar from
his home in Batticaloa
Photo by Buddhika
hostage threat by LTTE
Frederica Jansz in
Chairman, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission
(SLMM) in Batticaloa, Heikki Hulkkonen said last week that the LTTE has
told the SLMM, for every child that escapes its baby brigades, it will
take hostage another member of that family.
Hulkkonen revealed that since the peace process began in February last
year, the LTTE has abducted 270 children from Batticaloa. “This number
varies, but the situation regarding child conscription is very serious,”
he said, adding that repeated requests by the SLMM to the LTTE to
address this issue hardly ever receive any concrete response.
Instead, the Tigers merely say for all the child escapees the LTTE will
take another family member hostage, Hulkkonen said.