89,000 War Widows

29 September 2010 10:25 am - 27     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Some 89,000 females in North and East have become widows due to war, Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs said today.

Deputy Minister of Child Development and Women’s Affairs, M.L.A.M Hizbullah, stated that there are 49,000 widowers in the East while 40,000 in the North.

“About 25,000 are from Batticaloa, of which 12,000 are below age 40 and about 8000 of them have minimum three children, but none of them have any form of income,” he said.

Deputy Minister explained that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had entered into an agreement that the Indian Government to conduct programs on self employment. (MB)

  Comments - 27

  • Renuka Jayarathne Wednesday, 29 September 2010 09:38 PM

    Make the best out of the situation. Let the tamil widows to marry sinhalese men, let them integrate, let them come to know each other, share their hapiness and their grievences. Let both come to know the north and the south. This is already happening in Bosnia amoung the Bosnians and Serbs and the results are very promissng.

    chandran-kandy Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:16 PM

    It's a good move by the Ministry of Women Affairs & Child Development as well as Deputy Minister Hon.Hizbulla.President too entered into an agreement with Indian govt. to look after the war affected Widows.If this program implement very quickly by the concern authority it will be much appreciated.

    Lami Muna Thursday, 30 September 2010 12:38 AM

    war widows
    who is in charge of rehab information?

    we can start with 5 to 10 families,

    provide with some basic and material needs,

    educate, and find jobs or teach a vocation.

    how can they be selected, without the usual bias?

    inform us please

    fund for S de s trust
    c/o lani M

    Lami Muna Thursday, 30 September 2010 12:40 AM

    please identify any involved agency

    to discuss and provide relief for 5 to 10 families.

    MH-NZ Thursday, 30 September 2010 02:13 AM

    Where is our Media and the Government make a noise out of it and highlight this to countries like USA,CANADA,UK,AUSTRALIA AND TO THE TAMIL DIASPORA for funding Tamil tigers and this the result.Prabahkarans entire familly should be cursed

    Farzan Thursday, 30 September 2010 02:39 AM

    It is a very sad situation. The relevant authorities should do a proper settlement plan to these innocent citizens. It is their responsibility.

    sherlock Holmes Thursday, 30 September 2010 02:44 AM

    with support of social and welfare organization these ladies should be given the opportunity meet suitable partners after all they need to have a happy secure life too.

    sherlock Holmes Thursday, 30 September 2010 02:47 AM

    dweling in the past will not help anyones future. get real, think of practical helpful solution

    MMR Thursday, 30 September 2010 07:12 AM

    there are more widows who are affected because of Ceylinco Profit Sharing -islamic Bank

    malkanthi Thursday, 30 September 2010 03:22 AM

    This is only North & East!! I am sure there are more widows are in the south!

    malkanthi Thursday, 30 September 2010 03:26 AM

    Interracial marriage is an excellent idea, this will prevent people from pointing finger at the other! At least the younger generation hopefully will comply with this!

    Manamaalaya Thursday, 30 September 2010 03:30 AM

    Heres an opportunity to foster peace and harmony between the two ethnic groups. Set up an agency to introduce each other. Those widows finding partners from other ethnic backgrounds will establish the foundations for a long and enduring peace and friendship.

    Top Sri Lankan Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:39 AM

    I bet he can help them out.

    Patriot Thursday, 30 September 2010 03:36 AM

    I think the Minister has got his numbers wrong or he is bluffing to get money for a non-existant number. Cant believe the politico.

    Karthik Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:47 AM

    This means at least 89000 married men were killed in the conflict. So if we add unmarried men, women and children, how much the numbers will be???

    sham Wednesday, 29 September 2010 11:03 AM

    always try to get from others...
    hey, start some programs locally..

    bash Wednesday, 29 September 2010 11:07 AM

    How about finding husbands for them

    Wasantha Wednesday, 29 September 2010 11:12 AM

    One of the lesson that we could learn is 89000 widows, result of crulty a war that was dragged over 03 decades. How many children have lost both farther & mother?. How many husbands lost wives?. How many families lost?. However that does not mean all were LTTE , majority of the victims are innocent civilians. This is a very serious national issue and as stated initial steps have already been taken to addressed the issue is highly appreciated. They need either gainful self employment or any other source of living, mainly for the children to overcome the hardships presently being experiecned.

    dinesh Thursday, 30 September 2010 03:56 AM

    What an idiotic statement, are these widows looking for men? u wont see understand how cruel to miss somebody u love unless you actually do.

    pd Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:29 PM

    this the legacy left by prabakaran & his bunch of idiots!

    mahaweliraja Wednesday, 29 September 2010 01:06 PM

    something interesting in the maths here: the last estimates of casualty figures (excluding the "zero civilian casualties" during the last 18 months of war if Mahinda is to be believed) are about 70,000 deaths - of whom are about 20,000 Sinhalese from outside the north and east, and about 50,000 are people from the north-east. many of these are women, children and unmarried youth (most LTTE cadres were unmarried when they died). leads to the conclusion that the total number of casualties must have been excessively higher than the official number.

    Cotton Hall Wednesday, 29 September 2010 02:32 PM

    These figure need to be considered when the UN investigates the war in Sri Lanka. We have been given wrong figures all the time. Over to you Mr. Boon.

    Kanniah Thursday, 30 September 2010 09:28 AM

    Mr Patriot, It is important to be a human being first rather than being a patriot.

    nimba Wednesday, 29 September 2010 02:41 PM

    Official claim is 80,000 death..clear indication how government has been fooling the international community.."biggest humanitarion operation" ha!!!

    Kathir Wednesday, 29 September 2010 03:40 PM

    This is the only statement published by this puppet minister after taking oath as a deputy for last sixmonth. doing nothing related to his portfolio.but he is always sitting in. his home town and planting date trees in the middle of main road and he calims 100000 rupees for each. he says he has planted 103.this is utter waste of public funds. Is he a minister for the country or for his home town. does.he want to make his home town as a part of middle east. real stupit idea not suit to this country.

    Adam Wednesday, 29 September 2010 04:00 PM

    i agree

    Mohamed Rafee M.I. Thursday, 30 September 2010 05:24 AM

    We are the people who elected him to represent us.

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