The sympathy vote
probably the worst hit country where frequent floods and torrential rains have become common.
While the WB has provided humanitarian aid in times of such crises, maybe it is time the organization took a different approach. It is true that financial assistance is essential, for no country can deal with disasters of such magnitude on its own, but the WB should provide South Asian countries with expert advice to enable them to face future disasters. It can help in the process of policymaking and in ensuring that practical steps are taken by governments to reduce the frequency and intensity of natural disasters.
Samira Ikram Islamabad, Pakistan
In the article “War Crimes on the Island”, it was stated that the government of Sri Lanka has undertaken quite a lot of development projects in the war-stricken northeastern areas of Sri Lanka. A similar claim was made by Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Envoy to the UN, Mahinda Samarasinghe. Prior to the visit of Navi Pillay, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, to Sri Lanka, Samarasinghe had said that the Sri Lankan government wanted to show Pillay what it had done to improve the rights situation in the country. Reconstruction work may have taken place in the war-affected areas. But the result of the provincial council election in northern Sri Lanka proves that it was not sufficient enough to heal the wounds of the Tamils who were subjected to a most inhumane treatment by the Sri Lankan armed forces.
About 100,000 people were killed in the civil war between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority that spanned over three decades and ended in 2009. There are allegations that 40,000 civilians were killed in the last months of military action against Tamil Tigers.