Time to unite and help civilians
Media Centre for National Security Director Lakshman Hulugalla
appealed to organizations, the business community and individuals to
come forward to help displaced civilians arriving from the No Fire Zone
to the government controlled areas by providing dry rations, instant
food items and clean water.
Addressing the media yesterday, he said troops engaged in the largest
ever hostage rescue mission are continuing their operation without
harming a single civilian. This is a great success. As this humanitarian
mission had reached the last phase, more than 103,000 civilians were
rescued since Monday.
He asserted that before commencing the biggest hostage rescue mission
from the NFZ, around 70,000 trapped civilians sought protection with the
They were all resettled in an IDP welfare centre at the Manic Farm.
“The current rescue mission is the largest ever conducted by the
Security Forces. The government is facing difficulties to facilitate and
accommodate the large number of trapped civilians arriving from the LTTE
clutches at once”, he added.
“It is time to unite and help our brothers and sisters who have been
suffering for years under LTTE tyranny and atrocities. They have escaped
from the terrorists seeking protection with the Security Forces.
It is our responsibility to help these innocent civilians”, Hulugalla
He appealed to organizations, aid agencies, members of the business
community and individuals to come forward to donate and contribute
towards this mission.
The donations can be handed over to the Director of the BMICH Bandula
Ekanayake. These essential items will be dispatched from the Ratmalana
President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a committee headed by
Information and Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa to carry out
this benevolent mission.
Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said civilians have
placed a high level of confidence in the Government and the Security
Forces to reach the cleared areas. Therefore, the exodus continues with
over 170,000 civilians seeking protection with the Security Forces.
“Preparations and arrangements were made to resettle them at IDP
centres. The Security Forces are giving their fullest support to
resettle the displaced civilians. They are our people and our brethren,
though its our responsibility to help them when they are in need”, he
added.Air Force Spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said the Air
Force is fully committed to help the IDPs. “We are dispatching food and
other essential items to Anuradhapura once they are collected and
received at the Ratmalana air base”, he added. “We are providing air
transport to transport items to the displaced civilians. Thousands of
essential food parcels and cooked foot items have been air lifted to the
IDP centres”, Nanayakkara said.
Actress Geetha Kumarasinghe said Prabhakaran who tried to portray him
self as the sole representative of the Tamil people is how suffocating.
He is now hiding after taking cover behind 100,000 civilians as human
shield. These innocent civilians had undergone immense hardship.
“We all could imagine their sufferings and situation by the footages
seen on television. It is time to join hands and help these innocent
civilians. Eventhough, if it is a small donation or fund, don’t hesitate
to help these helpless children and mothers”.