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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

"It would be better to die than be living and suffering

[b]"It would be better to die than be living and suffering" -Tsunami victims of Kalmunai[/b]

Q Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 13 October, ( The Eastern Province of Sri Lanka was worst affected by the December 26 Tsunami – Tidal Wave and more than 4,000 families have lost their houses along with their kith and kin and all their belongings.

The worst affected people of Kalmunai told the “Asian Tribune” the heart-wrenching tales of their sufferings and hardships and lamented that they feel that they were treated like second-class citizens by the Sri Lankan government compared to the South. However, there are number of national and international organizations present in the East as well as in the other parts of the Tsunami affected areas to explore how far they could mitigate the agony and misery of the destitute people.

Most of these Kalmunai Tsunami victims are in double jeopardy as they have not only lost their abode and also their land ownership too which remains under question mark, as majority of the victims land is situated within the government's 200 meter zone. This precarious situation has prevented many organizations that came forward to build houses to the affected victims in their plot of land.

'Brothers of Charity,' a Catholic religious order have come to Sri Lanka 10 years ago to involve in training the mentally handicapped persons and set up their main centre at Tudella, Ja-Ela. It is a worldwide organization involved in various kinds of humanitarian activities throughout the world including Sri Lanka and the Tsunami has made them to accelerate their humanitarian activities vigorously.

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