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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Time to Rebuild

[b]Time to Rebuild[/b]

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

[i][b]“If you are good to us a loyal perpetual peace; f you treat us badly not a long one.”[/b][/i]

[b]Machiavelli[/b] ([i]The Discourses[/i])

On the 26th of this month, Sri Lanka will be commemorating the first anniversary of the tsunami. One year after the killer wave devastated the shores of the country as well as the lives of hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants the progress of the relief and rehabilitation work is far from satisfactory. Many of the affected people faced the hard monsoon rains (and often the resultant floods) inadequately sheltered in their temporary abodes. The task of providing housing and basic infrastructure facilities such as safe drinking water, electricity and sanitation must be attended to without further delay. Much work needs to be done in this regard in all the affected areas in general and in the North and the East in particular.

Perhaps the tsunami victims in the North and the East would have fared better if the issue had not been politicised from the very beginning. In the case of the affected provinces in the South it was and remains a simple matter of providing relief to displaced families; there is no tug of war about the matter. However in the case of the North and the East the provision of relief and rehabilitation was never perceived as just a matter of helping victims of a natural disaster to rebuild their lives.

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