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Jan 08, 2017

Rehabilitated ex-LTTE members undergo untold hardship Featured

An ex-LTTE member says his rehabilitated former colleagues have become helpless and are suffering untold hardship.

Ganesh Prabhakaran, secretary of Batticaloa district disabled persons association says he had been in the organization for 15 years.

He had injured his leg at war and then he had been made the LTTE’s accountant for the Wanni.

Prabhakaran says his association has 4,000 members, who had surrendered to the military with the hope of relief.

Now, they are without a proper place to live and NGOs have helped them to erect cadjan-huts.

Around 250 women aged between 35 and 40 years cannot marry as they have no dowry to give, says Prabhakaran, adding the number of widows were much higher, who do labour work to provide for their children.

S. Vasana, an LTTE member for 10 years, says she was arrested in 2009 and rehabilitated and underwent computer training.

The SLFP organizer didn’t keep a promise to give her job, but he had got her to work at their Jaffna office for two months.

As she could not live alone, she married a disabled former LTTE member, and now has a child aged two years.

A house was half built with Rs. 550,000 received from the Indian government.

K. Pushparani says she had joined the LTTE in 1977, and that her leg had been amputated.

Her husband, also a former LTTEer, married her against his family’s consent and they have two children.

They live in a house built on tsunami aid, and politicians refuse help them, she charged.

(Lankadeepa Thaksalawa)

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