Lest We Forget – May 2009

18 May

Tamils all over the world mark today, May 18th, as a Day of Remembrance, in memory of the thousands who perished in the war waged by the Sri Lankan state against the people of Tamil Eelam. 

A ‘war without witness’ in which as many as 40,000 Tamils were indiscriminately massacred in May last year and which left over 280,000 incarcerated in ‘concentration camps’ in North-East Sri Lanka. 

During the height of Sri Lanka’s military onslaught in the Vanni mainland, air power and heavy weapons were directed at civilians, who had taken refuge in UN declared ‘Safe Zones’, claiming the lives of countless innocent children and women and maiming thousands more. 

On this first anniversary, let us unite in our grief for all those who became victims of war crimes in our world. “Never again”, pledged the international community, but once again in this 21st Century we’ve seen crimes against humanity committed by Sri Lanka. Will justice ever be done? 

The red ribbons symbolize the innocent blood spilled in the war crimes against the Tamils as well as the victims of genocide everywhere – in Rwanda, Sudan, Cambodia et al. 

Lest we forget – http://voiceagainstgenocide.org

 

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