Grim picture emerges from Tamil camps

[The Star]

Tamil refugees have been sexually assaulted by soldiers and dead bodies ignored at a Sri Lankan displaced persons camp that lacks food and water, camp aid workers told Britain’s Channel 4. Sri Lanka’s consul general in Toronto, Bandula Jayasekara, rejected the assault allegations as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam propaganda and British television sensationalism. Though the United Nations and several aid groups say thousands of Tamil refugees at government-controlled camps are malnourished, Jayasekara also denied that any are hungry or thirsty. Aid groups claiming as such, he said, were merely trying to boost their fundraising.

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