Vigil to Save the Tamils
Shelling and bombings have become a day-to-day life for Sri Lankan Tamils living in the north-east areas. Displaced
people are living in shelters without food, medicine and proper basic facilities.
The News Weekly highlighted this in their 7th of November column as below :
Plight of persecuted Tamils worsens
[ News Weekly ][ Nov 07 16:02 GMT ]
The Tamil-controlled north-east of Sri Lanka thunders "day and night" under bombardment from the forces of the Sinhalese
government in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo as they attempt to destroy Tamil autonomy. Against this backdrop, "a great
human tragedy" is also "exploding", according to Fr James Pathinathan of St Theresa's Church in Kilinochchi, the
administrative capital of the de facto government of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). From the eye of the
storm, Fr Pathinathan, who is also president of the local Justice and Peace Commission, reports that "deaths, injuries,
displacements and attendant misery pervade the lives of innocent Tamil civilians.. and the draconian economic embargo
imposed slyly... has become a monstrous obstacle in giving relief and solace to the 170,000 persons recently displaced".
To bring this to the attention of the world, Tamils living all over the world are organising vigils and prayers. Tamils
living in Auckland are also organising a vigil to protest against the genocide of Tamils and to recognise their right to
We are expecting around 200 people to participate in this vigil.
Date : Sunday, 16 November 2008
Time : 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Venue : Botany Town Shopping Centre (Cnr Ti Rakau & Ti Irrirangi)
We look forward to seeing you there.
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