Living in fear
Civilians living in Sri Lanka's rebel-held territory say they are under increasing pressure by both parties as fighting intensifies.
Residents in Kilinochchi told BBC Sandeshaya that the Tamil Tigers are increasing pressure on families with two children to hand over one child to the movement to fight against the government forces.
"The Tigers come and take the children by force. Forcible recruitment of children has been worsened since about a year ago. It wasn't that bad until recently," the resident said.
The LTTE are desperately seeking more recruits as the government forces are advancing to the Vanni, the residents who did not want to be identified told BBC Sandeshaya.
Many civilians are however not leaving the rebel-held areas but moving inside Vanni as fighting intensifies as they are afraid of the government forces, another person living in Kilinochchi said.
People could hear continuing shell attacks as close as from 15 miles as the government forces are advancing, another person who wished to be anonymous said.
The residents fear that the situation could worsen when UN and other aid agencies pullout from Vanni. "We need someone we can trust." a resident said.
"Nearly 300,000 people were made homeless", she said, and many people are living under trees, huts and temporary shelters.
"When people leave an area, shell attacks continue to that area. People are even afraid to go to toilets," she added.
A selection of your comments:
"After a long time some unbiased reporting from BBC" Totally agree, otherwise it is just a reflection of "tamilnet". Current
BBC may be trying to achieve popularity by cheap, spicy and biased information. BBC better check its news sources if they
are interested in credibility and reputation. They better be reporters rather than opinion makers.
It is indeed sad times for SriLanka. I still carry with me those nostalgic memories of a beautiful SriLanka. I think it is
time we united in the name of peace and love, guided by the precepts of Buddha and the great religions that SriLanka is home
LTTE is alive and still exit because of Singalese and their leaders. Have they solved ethnic problem with tamil leadres very
long time back this problem will not exit and no war.
Santhush Fernando Says"99% sinhalese army going into 100% tamil areas"Does he know that 50% of Tamils live in the South and
Central Province among Sinhalese.
The LTTE are desperately seeking more recruits as the government forces are advancing to the Vanni. LTTE's days are numbered.
No one will win the war. Government might be stronger this time and defeat the battle this time. But it will never end. What
assurance would be possible when innocent civilians are targeted. Mahinda will lead the country into abysmal.
If all comunities living in other parts of the country with peace people in the nort also can live in peace if V Pirabahan
and his group accept to negotiate. Unfortunately they left the negotiation table with highlighting minor issues.
In western countries, their busines is war and in our countries the war is a business. Both are just two side of the same
coins. So,it will go on until both parties will be getting benefit.
Thank you BBC for publishing the truth about Sri Lanka. The LTTE has done more damage and destruction to Tamils than the Sinhalese
government. The international image of all Tamil people has been tarnished by the actions of the LTTE.
Poeple have to leave the area soon they will be better look after by the government as they did to east It is better than
terists this is going to be over soon they can live peacefully without fear.
Because of terrorism, all Sri Lankans are living in fear. The LTTE have been killing their own Tamil people and conscripting
Tamil children for decades. It will stop only when they are no more.Faced with terrorism many countries are doing their utmost
to defeat the terrorists.
BBC at last say some truth. I am supprised to see that BBC saying LTTE is using people as a human shield and they recruit
childern forcibaly. This is good improvement compared to past in which naked BBC tried to protect LTTE.
LTTE are freedom fighters. The government of Sri Lanka is not willing to give even a basic level of autonomy to tamils. If
people are afraid of LTTE, then why are they moving deeper in to tiger territory? That tells that they fear the SLA worst.
Helpless civilian Tamils are caught up between GOSL and LTTE. Independent journalists should visit wanni and report the true
situation and bring it to the attention of the world. This should be done even if GoSL does not agree.
Why is the 99% sinhalese army going into 100% tamil areas.. Is srilanka trying to go on with its plan of ethinic cleansing
of taking over tamils who have diffrent langauge and religion to the sinhalese ?
Both innocent tamils , sinhaleaseMuslims and every one is suffring because of ruthless terrorists. Sri Lankan Goverment must
provide the best protection and sheltor for those fleeing form LTTE held areas.
With all these problems by LTTE people still want to be with LTTE rather than GOSL and its forces.People had too many bad
experiances to trust GOSL,I know this as I have come a cross this predicament in 1995 fleeing Jaffna.
It is evidently clear that neither side is genuinely interested in a negotiated solution.The bloodthirsty war mongers are
in charge,most of the moderates have either been killed or silenced.This appears to be the case all over the world. I fear
UN Staff and lots of other INGOs who reside in these areas are fully aware of, approve of and silent about abduction of children
by the LTTE for fighting. Therefor there is nothing for SL government to worry about until the area is liberated. In the mean
time Interested parties should question UN, Redcross and other well known NGOs.
Civilians in Tiger held areas should stand against LTTE jungle law soon.If they stand today their next generation can live
peacefully in the future.
Now it is good time for mediation . why india is silent -i do not know,if sri lanken government losses or cannot compleate
the war in next 06 months this exercise is a compleate failure no tamil should not respect to sinhalese for this hiler type
Why cant the LTTE create a safe passage for the civilians to leave. There are unconfirmed reports of LTTE shooting those wishing
to leave.GOSL mandate extends to the north, regardless what the LTTE does they need to ensure security of those living in
The Media should also go and look how civilian are targeted by Air Force. Remember the Army in East forcefully with help of
"Pilliyan" recruited Tamils. It is a State Terrorism even called by JVP and UNP.
Agreed , Innocent civilians are getting affected. But as a legitimate government, GOSL has to make sure the whole country's
security and safety of the people are taken care of. I think had the INGOs worked in an impartial manner without handing over
their assets for LTTE use, GOSL wouldn't have to ask them to leave.
In the past 2 years of this government offensive, the Kilinochchi regional hospital was bombed twice, ambulances have been
targeted at least 2-3 times by claymores, and 4 pro-Tamil MPs have been assassinated. Now, civilians are told to "flee or
else". That's not the "LTTE" "using human shields".
After a long time some unbiased reporting from BBC.
The only country in world that made their own citizens IDPs. Why don't write the indiscriminate bombing and shelling by Govt
forces. It is easy to keep blaming the LTTE all the time, but what political devolution has the Govt provided till date. Nothing
but hollow words and robbing the state coffers and expousing communalism. According to Govt sources they are fighting a beautiful
war no one gets hurt no civilian is injured therefore they now wants the UN expelled.
I wonder why the so called "sole representative of tamils"(LTTE) grab children from helpless tamil people. I think prabha
loves his children too.
They indeed need someone they can trust.Neither government nor LTTE. Can people of Sinhala, Muslim, Tamil, Malay and Burger
communities provide these innocent Tamil civilians with new lease of life out of war zone. That would be the day which Sri
Lankan celebrate the dawn of respectful pease of one nation, two communities torn apart.
Mervyn Mendis:See what the terrorists are doing to the innocent civilians. I agree with you, because in this case the terrorists
are SL goverment and its army.
Will you dare send or share this article with cnn,nbc,abc,cbs and other news agencies. See what the terrorists are doing to
the innocent civilians.
Evidently, for these poor civilians, it's a situation akin to being caught up between the devil and the deep blue sea.
What a stupid war!! As a government Sri Lanka did all it can to get the LTTE to negotiation. but unfortunately, efforts have
gone in the drain. Preba needs no other than ELLAM . which is a dream. So everyone in the country is suffering for that.