Jaffna Muslims being resettled

2010-12-27 10:40:00

Four hundred and four out of more than 15,000 Muslim families driven away from the Jaffna Muslim Ward by the LTTE in 1990 have resettled in their original places.

The Northern Provincial Council has allocated 6 million rupees for the development of the Market in the Muslim Ward and another 6.5 million rupees for the revamping of the Northern Muslim’s education centre, the Uzmaniyya College.

Although there are 7 mosques in the in the area only four have been repaired in a manner the prayers could be conducted. Three out of four schools in the area have been revamped into a usable condition.

Although 76,000 Muslims lived in the area before the LTTE evicted the Muslims from the Northern Province twenty years ago, it is learnt that only fifty percent of the evicted Muslims prefer to live back in their former hometown as the others have firmly established their businesses in other parts of the country.

  Comments - 18

  • Konde bendapu china Monday, 27 December 2010 10:41

    Good Move

    Reply : 3       31

    Fox Monday, 27 December 2010 11:12

    Only 0.5% . What a joke!!

    Reply : 36       4

    Hasitha Monday, 27 December 2010 12:59

    Don't you understand that it cannot be done overnight? It takes time and should be done step by step.

    Reply : 2       6

    citizen1 Monday, 27 December 2010 18:23

    However small a number, you have to agree that it is better than the alternative (nothing).

    Reply : 1       12

    firoz Tuesday, 28 December 2010 01:20

    It is at least a start. Please stop being so negative and appreciate this ! In some African countries , even this is far fetched. As a Muslim we have to see this in positive light.

    Reply : 0       6

    Ranil Monday, 27 December 2010 11:13

    How about the resettlement of helpless Sinhghalees?

    Reply : 4       6

    Tin Monday, 27 December 2010 11:13

    Good. And it's necessary to make sure that any citizen - disregarding their ethnicity - can live in any part of the country.

    Reply : 0       5

    lankaman Monday, 27 December 2010 11:14

    It's about time. If the tamils have learnt any lesson from the 30 yr war, they should let the evicted Muslims come back to their original dwellings and livelihoods.

    Reply : 4       39

    Dr.Rajeev Patnaik Monday, 27 December 2010 23:29

    There should be a little change in your view.General Tamils were not involved in this crisis.It was done by the LTTE.So avoid calling the therm Tamils which implies to decent Tamils also.

    Reply : 1       19

    willows Monday, 27 December 2010 11:23

    good move, slow and stready???

    Reply : 0       5

    Double Edge Monday, 27 December 2010 12:44

    People who can't move must nominate their relatives to go instead..

    Reply : 1       0

    Shakeel Monday, 27 December 2010 13:04

    Its a good move. The allotted money for the development of the market and the College is useful to a certain extent but would require more in the future. How about the money that was taken away from them and also from their homes i.e.fixed and movable assets forcibly by the LTTE and also the ransacking by the inhabitants Have they been accounted for.

    I am sure its difficult to put a figure but those millions would be worth billions now. You need a draw master plan and redevelop the area with proper infrastructure rather than hearsay.

    I trust this government will do more than any other to resettle and also provide the means by which the Jaffna Muslims can contribute to the nation and their livelihoods.

    Reply : 1       5

    jadayo Monday, 27 December 2010 13:07

    Why not Sinhalese? Sinhalese must be majority evrywhere otherwise problems will arise someday....

    Reply : 11       2

    Truth Exposed Tuesday, 28 December 2010 06:31

    Good thinking, the same thing which resulted in the great ethnic war....!

    Reply : 2       3

    Anwar Ismail Monday, 27 December 2010 15:35

    Thanks a lot for helping us to resettle here and now we like to know if we are allowed to sing national anthem in arabic?

    Reply : 19       16

    Saradial Tuesday, 28 December 2010 07:21

    Seems you are another hurt monger hidden behind the Muslim name

    Reply : 0       1

    Adam Tuesday, 28 December 2010 09:01

    Go to Saudi Arabia and you will be able to sing in Arabic, brother

    Reply : 1       1

    Arshad Kaleel Tuesday, 28 December 2010 06:04

    Good to hear. Let's see how far it's implemented.

    Reply : 1       0

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