With the resettlement of the last group of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the Northern region’s Mullaitivu district the Menik Farm in Vavuniya would be closed today, a top military official said yesterday.
“A total of 1,186 people from 361 families --the last of a group of more than300,000 displaced during the war in the north -- will leave theVavuniya Manik Farm to their original places of residence in the Mullaitivu district today,” Security Forces Commander Boniface Perera, who is the Competent Authority for IDPs in the northern region told Daily Mirror. “There will be no more IDPs in the country from today.”
Maj.Gen.Perera said on a directive of President MahindaRajapaksa and Defence Secretary GotabayaRajapaksa the Wanni Security Forces Headquarters and the Mullaitivu Security Forces Headquarters had speeded up the process to resettle the displaced people.
“The resettlement in the northern region was delayed because of de-mining in these areas. We have to make sure that there are no remnants of any land mines in these areas, because civilian safety is important for the government,” he said.
The army will assist government agents and foreign and local NGOs for the smooth transfer of displaced people from Vavuniya to the Mullaitivu district, mostly in the Putthukuduirippu area.
Maj. Gen Perera said some of the families would resettle in their original places of residence while others would resettle on new lands given by the government.
“All though the government has met their needs, the Army will continue to assist the returnees to build their houses or repair them and also to improve their livelihood,” he said.(Sunil Jayasiri)
The commander does not know the meaning of "displaced people"!!!
Ben Hurling Monday, 24 September 2012 06:27 AM
If guys like you never supported the ruthless LTTE we could have avoided all that mess. LOL.
Medusa Monday, 24 September 2012 02:56 AM
But the balance has shifted to the South- IDP's as a result of beautifying the big city!!!
sahabdeen Tuesday, 25 September 2012 04:53 AM
mervinsiva also displaced
Jena Monday, 24 September 2012 01:37 PM
i thote only politicians can joke
ramkuumar Monday, 24 September 2012 03:56 AM
Don't lie, my native place neighboring villages are still under army/forces control, tamil civilians are not permitted to even see their place, they were forced by the forces to leave their homes about 25 years back and not permitted to back. to my knowledge there would be at least one hundred thousand then and now may be more due to new births.
praba Monday, 24 September 2012 07:26 AM
Yes. Only muslims.
SL Monday, 24 September 2012 04:03 AM
So we have to remain a shanty town forever!
Hal Monday, 24 September 2012 04:10 AM
No more displaced, nice. More disoriented, not nice.
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