The sym­pa­thy vote

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

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.

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