LTTE starves Wanni people: Food looted for 'combat rations'
A startling revelation, of how the LTTE uses food
meant for civilians in the Wanni to feed its own cadres, was made
recently when troops trailed through canned and pre-cooked meal packets
found in the Northern and Wanni battle front left by the fleeing LTTE.
According to reports received, the canned and
pre-cooked meals were prepared specially for the LTTE fighting units in
factories located in the LTTE 'no-go' zones in Mullaitivu and
Kilinochchi districts. These pre-cooked meal packets were made from food
rations meant for people, especially those displaced in the
non-liberated areas. "Food provisions sent by local and international
organizations as 'humanitarian aid' are looted by the LTTE after they
pass through the Omanthai/Entry Exit point, and sent in bulk to these
'food factories' in Wanni, well informed sources said.
During the period of the so-called ceasefire,
containers with large stocks of empty cans were detected by military,
entering the non-liberated Wanni region through the Omanthai/Entry exit
point. It is now evident these consignments were meant for the LTTE's
food factories running on looted food meant for civilians, as found by
troops during recent clearing operations in the Wanni front area. There
is reliable information that during the CFA period, in one instance
alone, a consignment of over 30,000 empty meal cans was sent to the
The funds to establish these factories were raised
mainly through the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), and other
pro-LTTE front organizations, hoodwinking the international community.
Large sums were collected through extortion from Tamil expatriates. The
TRO has also been engaged in organizing cultural and welfare events to
provide sufficient funding for the terrorist group, including the
setting up of these food factories for its fighting cadres, at the cost
of civilians, it is learned.
What we are highly disturbed is that the LTTE shows no
true concerns over the hundreds of innocent people who are been affected
due to lack of sufficient food supplies. Food supplies sent to these
non-liberated areas will be continuously looted by LTTE until the
government and other aid agencies draws some new alternative ways. The
Tamil people are suffering at large under the LTTE tyranny, and we
pledge the government and international community to address this
looming humanitarian issue, a local aid worker was quoted speaking to
our Wanni defence correspondent.
The LTTE that claims to be the 'sole representative of
Tamils' is now found piling more hardships on the lives of innocent
people in Wanni, by looting the food sent to them by the Government and
foreign organizations, and channelling it to feed its fighters. As food
prices rise and the allocations for food aid to Sri Lanka is reduced by
UN and other international agencies, the Tamil people of the Wanni will
be faced with even more hardship due to this LTTE policy of grabbing the
food meant for them for its own use.