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Sri Lanka and its long war

The Sri Lankan Civil War, waged between separatist Tamil rebels and the government of Sri Lanka - a conflict which has run hot and cold over 26 years, and has cost over 70,000 lives - may now be approaching its end. The ethnic Tamil rebel force called The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (or LTTE, or just "Tamil Tigers") has been fighting for the creation of an independent Tamil state since 1983, using both conventional warfare techniques and terrorist methods. Since 1987, the LTTE has claimed responsibility for nearly 200 suicide attacks, more than any organization in the world. Now, since late 2008, aggressive Sri Lankan government forces have dealt many serious defeats to the LTTE, capturing towns and airfields, and recently trapping the remaining 1,000 (estimated) LTTE rebels in a 37 square km (15 sq m) area, surrounded by 50,000 government troops. Army shelling and retaliation by desperate rebels has led to many recent civilian casualties, and an estimated refugee population of over 200,000. The Sri Lankan government has exercised tight control on media over the years, limiting coverage of the conflict and allegedly inciting its supporters, and several journalists have paid with their lives. (37 photos total)

An injured man in the main hospital of Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 20, 2009 after he was wounded following a rebel Tamil Tiger attack. Tamil Tigers carried out a kamikaze-style attack in Sri Lanka's capital, smashing a light aircraft into the main government Inland Revenue building, killing two people and wounding 50, officials said. Sri Lanka's air force said anti aircraft guns shot down one of the light aircraft that had flown over the tightly-guarded capital while the wreckage of the second was found inside the Inland Revenue building, which caught fire. (Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
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132 comments so far...
1.

The #21 is... :O

Posted by Baptiste March 11, 09 01:02 PM
2.

#30 is powerful.

Posted by Kristopher Perovic March 11, 09 01:18 PM
3.

F@$%ing Fantastic

Posted by Tim March 11, 09 01:27 PM
4.

On would like to have more information about the details and the conditions and about the arguments involved in the situation. Pictures are facts without trouth.

Posted by Prof. Dov - Hayim Landau March 11, 09 01:48 PM
5.

This is clearly one of your best items in a consistently brilliant page.

As for the odd Prof. Landau, please to seek both trout and trouth on your own time.

Posted by vanderleun March 11, 09 01:55 PM
6.

Sad, gripping images...

Posted by Josh March 11, 09 02:44 PM
7.

omg #21

Posted by imnotabomberman March 11, 09 03:02 PM
8.

No one knows what exacltlly happening in Sri Lanka. you can't trust no one.
it's Crupted Gov.
God help those people who is traped in Sri Lanka.

Posted by Jay March 11, 09 03:08 PM
9.

#21.....lost for words.....
As to to the other images, I only ever feel sympathy for the civilians. Soldiers are trained killers who stand up and say "I'm willing to kill for this cause", and then they expect sympathy when the trained killer is killed???? Forget sides, forget ideologies, lets just all put our guns ( and bombs, and missiles, and flamethrowers, and grenades, and knives, etcetc) down and take a deep breath.

Posted by humanbeing March 11, 09 03:32 PM
10.

Damn #21, thats mind blowing. Literally :/
Another fomidable series, can't wait for the next one already.

Posted by Frederik March 11, 09 03:36 PM
11.

What kind of gun is the #29? Never seen anything like it before!

Posted by Grant March 11, 09 03:48 PM
12.

All wonderful pictures... Terrible situation going on there. The only light I could find in all of these is that in #3, they all have mustaches except rear row, centre. Maybe he's not of rank?

But I hope that these issues can be resolved, if possible. Great pictures as always/

Posted by Brent March 11, 09 04:21 PM
13.

Probably it's MP5

Posted by dev March 11, 09 04:26 PM
14.

Looks like Arthur Clarke has chosen a good time to depart from Sri Lanka.

Posted by A Jaded Sci-Fi Fan March 11, 09 04:28 PM
15.

@ Grant, It's an MP5, sub achine gun. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP5

Posted by Frederik March 11, 09 04:29 PM
16.

Weapons only brought desgrace for almost every conuntry. Even in USA, weapons still bring desgrace. Only a few countries have no problem with weapons.

Posted by John Guttenburg Stransen March 11, 09 04:32 PM
17.

#21 is horrible!

Posted by Ankur March 11, 09 04:52 PM
19.

Thanks for not forgetting about these forgotten conflicts (like Congo). Keep it up! (next time Somalia?)

Posted by Matthijs March 11, 09 05:34 PM
20.

Amazing pics! a really nice job...even the situation's hard and sad

Posted by Alexandra Capdevila March 11, 09 05:38 PM
21.

17, 25 and 28 amazing!!!! real work of art

Posted by tomasz March 11, 09 06:49 PM
22.

The Soldier in No. 2 has watched Rambo one too many times I think !

Posted by Ben March 11, 09 06:54 PM
23.

Amazing..

Posted by Blake March 11, 09 07:04 PM
24.

Wow :O

Posted by atua March 11, 09 08:06 PM
25.

#37 just bring a sad smile to me.
Amazing photos indeed.

Posted by Cess007 March 11, 09 08:17 PM
26.

Arthur C. Clark is somewhere shedding tears for his beloved Sri Lanka tonight ...

Posted by Rob Mahan March 11, 09 08:20 PM
27.

Incredible pics that reflect the horror of war, whether forgotten or not by the rest of the world. Hope some day something colourful & peaceful can be shown of this beautiful island nation with so much wonderful to offer too!

Posted by ASC March 11, 09 08:26 PM
28.

Peace is never won by a war...The 26 long years has been a standing testimony for that. War has never seen a solution to any conflict across the world. It only makes the existence painful. Humans with the great sixth sense can never co-exist, whereas animals across the globe live happily in a habitat without much trouble.

As always incredible pics..Wish these make the govts to listen and stop the genocide across innocent civilians.

Posted by Rajarajan March 12, 09 01:46 AM
29.

This is what happens when guns become common place.

Posted by Rainman March 12, 09 05:38 AM
30.

17 and 25 - beautifull portraits...
and how sad this long war!

Posted by Luciano Stabel March 12, 09 08:56 AM
31.

When I look at these pics I feel homesick.
I love the variety here. I love the little boy with the parrot. Yes, in the midst of violence there is still the eternal desire for peace. may this peace come to Sri lanka soon.

Posted by Philomene March 12, 09 08:59 AM
32.

#3: I was rather surprised to see a photo of Prabhakaran taken in Anuradhapura, as that isn't Tamil territory.

With a little searching I found a page showing the photo three times (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Velupillai_Prabhakaran/photos/all/1). One is an undated handout taken at Anuradhapura (like #3), another one is an undated handout taken at an undisclosed location, with rebels who were involved in an attack on an air force base, and the third is a hand out released 22 october 2007, showing Prabhakaran with soldiers said to be 'Black Tiger' suicide cadres who attact the air force base in Anuradhapura on that date.

I think the last description is most likely to be correct.

Posted by Gerrit March 12, 09 11:24 AM
33.

#28 : Powerfull

Posted by Asty March 12, 09 01:56 PM
34.

Make sure to click on the link in #30, that's one of the best editorials I've read in my life. It's the sort of stuff kids should read in high school. Especially the poem he quotes in the last paragraphs..

Posted by Nuyan March 12, 09 01:57 PM
35.

Dear Professor (comment #4):
That's why there's a box with links providing further information on the conflict.

Posted by Norbert March 12, 09 02:51 PM
36.

its all nice but why not showing people killed by srilankan army
have a look in WWW.LANKASRI.COM OR WWW.TAMILNET.COM

Posted by EELAMAN March 12, 09 03:48 PM
37.

Check out the commander guy's shoes in #3

Posted by Chris March 12, 09 04:15 PM
38.

Nuyan and others are correct: the editorial is absolutely worth a few minutes of your time to read. This man Wickrematunga embodied courage itself.

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090111/editorial-.htm

Posted by Allan White March 12, 09 04:18 PM
39.

#3 - Nothing says I'm a fearsome rebel like a nice backdrop of puffy white clouds and floral drapes.

Posted by Matt March 12, 09 07:42 PM
40.

# 13 This reminds me 9/11 - There's No Such Thing as a 'Good' Terrorist

Posted by Sujee March 12, 09 09:01 PM
41.

Quite powerful!

Posted by Puru Gupta March 12, 09 10:13 PM
42.

wow! these pictures are AMAZING!!

Posted by shem March 12, 09 10:53 PM
43.

I must say that Sri Lankan soldiers are NOT Rambos in movies. They are real heroes. Please don't even think to compare them with bogus actors in movies. You had better come to SL and see the real situation in battle field. You cannot compare these war hreos (SL soldiers) with any other army in the world.

All of these photos show the real situation in Sri Lanka. With the help of the triple gem, this war will end soon. LTTE has only a land with 20*20 km. Government of Sri Lanka will have to start thier development work in North ASAP

Posted by Gary March 12, 09 11:40 PM
44.

All the people around the world should realize LTTE terrorists' fake. The are cheating the whole world.
The truth is that LTTE do not allow innocent civilians come out of the danger area. They are kept as a shield. They shoot whoever wants to go to the safe area.
Also I must mention that Sri Lankan army is the most disciplined army in the world. They just have another 6*6 km area to capture. But they not in a hurry to capture it because they make sure the zero harm to civilians. otherwise, LTTE could have been defeated few months ago.. you should come to Sri Lanka to see this real story.

ptr_dnld@yahoo.com

Posted by Peter March 13, 09 01:55 AM
45.

@Gary

Fifty thousand soldiers against thousand rebels and still they cannot win the war. You call them heroes for the war crimes they have commited. I pity you.
LTTE is not a better organisation either but it is a fitting reply for the discrimination of the Tamil minority by the singhalese majority. I hope atleast now you people would have learned to coexist and peacefully live with the Tamils after the facist LTTE's defeat. If not then only GOD can help you people.

Its a dirty war between State sponsored terrorist army and a rogue facist rebel band but the one who has suffered the most is the innocent civilians. Let serenity prevail.

Posted by Madanraj March 13, 09 06:09 AM
46.

My words are not enough to praise these pictures....really stunning job from such a bloody place..thx for this

Posted by sarun March 13, 09 07:39 AM
47.

Great sir lank army protect all nations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by thivanka March 13, 09 12:07 PM
48.

@Madanraj

If the soldiers don't want to avoide civilian cazualties they could have captuered the remaining 50 square kilometers in two days. But they are not terrorists like LTTE who keep their own people( Whom they called them selfs as tamil peoples saviours) as a human shield so they can delay their defeat!
And do please know that we Sinhaleese have no problem with our own tamil brothers. We lived in harmony for centuries and we'll continue to do so. Just do come and visit and see how Sinhala, tamil and muslim people live in same neighbourhoods with no problem.
This whole war is a small wound turned nasty because of wrong actions by the governments. We civilians are taking the effect of it for 20 years now and it is time to stop! We are affected by what is happaning at north because of the war and our heart is with our tamil brothers. We hope this war will end soon and this endless suffering will come to an end so we sri lankans can live a life peacefully again.

Posted by thil March 13, 09 01:08 PM
49.

@ John Guttenburg Stransen (#16)

Why must EVERYTHING be a USA issue with some of you. Get over it!

Posted by webby March 13, 09 02:16 PM
50.

Long live Our heroes of SL Forces.............

Posted by Dinusha March 13, 09 04:27 PM
51.

I've visited Sri Lanka twice in the last 4 years, and it's very sad to know, that on such a beautiful island, inhabited by such extraordinary people, this war has done such a huge amount of damage. It's witnessed devastation from nature (Tsunami), and from man (war), and neither of these are deserving of such an enchanting place.

re: 46 - it is a bloody place, but it's not all bad ... /tinyurl.com/be3uwo

Posted by Ryan March 13, 09 07:10 PM
52.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jan/13/wickrematunga-final-editorial-final-editorial

The article by Lasantha Wikramatunga, editor of Sunday Leader who was shot dead by government forces.

Posted by vijay March 13, 09 08:46 PM
53.

Amazing pictures. We have so much to be thankful for living in peaceful lands.

Posted by Omar W. March 13, 09 09:48 PM
54.

So sad.

Posted by Phil March 13, 09 10:08 PM
55.

The article by the editor just shows that humanity still exists... we humans are smart enough to have the intelligence to make languages,religions and what not... but we dont have the common sense to that none of these man made things could be so important to kill someone..... why cant we just remember to forget this and let everyone live....

Posted by J M March 13, 09 11:20 PM
56.

Poignant!! Wonderful photographs!!

#6 and #21 says it all. In the end its the civilians caught in the middle of the conflict that pay the ultimate price, getting maimed or killed. It is a true tragedy of epic propotions on the gentle people of a very beautiful island. I should know, I used to live there till I couldnt take it anymore and now live elsewhere.

The people have been skillfully played by the politics of divide and rule for the political benefit of the ruling elite and are going along for the ride. Yeah what a wonderful ride!!

Posted by a sri lankan in exile! March 14, 09 12:42 AM
57.

I have to agree that this fighting benefits no one, it just ends up in alot of dead people. Whats the point of this terrorism? Whats the point of killing the people your trying to represent? These terrorists are just thugs and disillusioned youth with no other options, as is the case the world over.

Posted by bob March 14, 09 02:05 PM
58.

Correction

#3 is actually a photograph handed out depicting the black tigers involved in the attack at Anuradhapura air base taken at rebel held areas which are far fom Anuradhapura.

Not taken at Anuradhapura

Posted by Dhanushka March 14, 09 11:03 PM
59.

Thank you for presenting these photos. They avoid being too political but show the harsh reality of this conflict. There terrible methods of the LTTE (depicted in 21 which many have commented on), as well as the sad, sad consequences of war for the civilians, shown in photos of the civilians who have escaped the LTTE. It also shows how brutal war is - the picture with the tank destroying what is in front of it. Does the end justify the means? This conflict is so difficult to pass judgment on - however the pictures bring to light the common humanity we have - it doesn't matter if you are tamil, sinhalese, muslim or other - we are are all human beigns - if we concentrate on this then it will will bring real peace - my prayer

Posted by Bishan Rajapakse March 15, 09 03:18 PM
60.

Prince of Peace, Jesus, we plead for PEACE to Sri Lanka

Posted by Anonymous March 16, 09 01:47 AM
61.

Amazing pictures. All the people being herded into concentration camps and seperated from family members, results of the bombings of hospitals, soldiers posing like Rambo. Tells us a story of Genocide. Its Ruwanda all over again.

Posted by Paul March 16, 09 02:32 PM
62.

#37 is my favorite. Despite everything going on around him, all the death and destruction, something as simple as a small wave can still bring a smile to that the boy's face. Such innocence, it's incredible.

Posted by Anonymous March 16, 09 07:09 PM
63.

Please don't attempt to judge who's wrong and right solely based on this article or any other report in the media. War and conflicts are very complex issues, and there's never a clear picture of what truly is going on. However, it is better to be rid of war, than to just allow it stagnate and ruin the lives of the future generations to come. The LTTE knew what they were getting themselves into along with the 200,000+ civilians in the rebel controlled areas. Its leaders would have envisioned a day when the Sri Lankan Army would break the LTTE's defenses and conquer their territory. This is an inevitable situation and it's truly unfortunate that the two generations of Sri Lankans had to pay the price and also lost so many opportunities due to this war. Any-person who thinks that taking up arms in order to fight for his or her rights should understand that violence breeds more violence and the only solution to ethnic conflict is proper education and time...

Posted by i March 16, 09 08:32 PM
64.

my wish is every one should live with the peace not with the war & fear......
let us pray for peace......in srilanka

Posted by guna sekaran l March 16, 09 11:44 PM
65.

To the guy in the center of pic #29: GET YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER!!

I hope he got a severe tongue-lashing from his CO for that one! ;-)

Posted by Matt March 17, 09 03:33 AM
66.

STOP THE WAR - START TO LIVE ! PLEASE

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 09 03:33 AM
67.

pls help stop this war

Posted by edi March 17, 09 06:07 AM
68.

WE HAVE NO WAR IDIOT , we have only terrorist, we will destroy them soon :)

Posted by Anonymous March 18, 09 07:34 AM
69.

Very good jog.
STOP THE WAR PLEASE

Posted by KANUAS March 18, 09 03:44 PM
70.

In general pictures apear to be unbiased. However the statement shown below Lasantha Wickramathunga's funeral picture accusing Government is biased because there are two other accusations. They are (1) Killig has been done by LTTE to put the government forces to incovenience (2) Killing has been undertaken by UNP underground gangs for political gains.

Posted by Tilakan- Australia March 18, 09 06:58 PM
71.

Finding LTTE terrorist Good or Bad is Gods Duty
But arranging appoinment with God is our Duty
-SL Army-

Posted by AJ Sri Lanka March 19, 09 07:59 AM
72.

See the people affected and the expectation in their eyes
See the people in Government troop and the expectation in their eyes

Both are similar why war???????????????/

You can't make appointment with God but God will give an appointment to you. Whether you like to meet or not or timing will not make any sense. You should go

Posted by Chana March 19, 09 05:55 PM
73.

Love the church photo, 1698 it was built and to think its surivied all this time only to be destroyed by mindless violence!

Posted by David March 19, 09 09:13 PM
74.

The real enemy of the war is war itself.

Posted by Tamilan March 20, 09 02:05 AM
75.

Note the picture of the little tamil child in the Wellawatte Beach, that is in Colombo where all ethnic minorities live peacefully!!!! It is the Tamil Tiger movement who started this war. There are so many highly educated Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Burger people all over the world. They were all educated in the same Sri Lankan Universities to begin with. Most of the Tamils who left the country for one reason or other have bought their holiday homes in and around Colombo and go there for their breaks. So Where IS this GENOCIDE going on

Posted by Nandika March 20, 09 08:00 AM
76.

We all should try to help or at least pray for all the people specially children in sri lanka i just cant belive that is going on out there i just cant stop thinking of the children they all need peace poor people and sometimes we think our lifes are sad and misreable ..............dam

Posted by virginia cantu hernandez March 20, 09 10:10 AM
77.

Fantastic photos! great 17,25 & 28
Re comment 75, close your physical eyes and open your mind's eye, i.e. think deeper!, your will realise more truths. "ethnic minorities live peacefully"??? No they are "living" not peacefully. It's a figment of your imagination because you want to believe so. All those who were born in SL will be educated in SL, obviously, where else should they be educated? Buying holiday homes in SL, Yes, because they love the country of their birth. Genocide? -please don't be so shallow. Get to know more about the issues faced by Tamils since Independence and the solutions offered by successive Govts since 1958.

Posted by SP March 21, 09 05:32 AM
78.

The army (55 to 58 regiments) are Elite Squads these days trained by the SAS, tactics are driven by Israel intel. No turning back...mate.Civilian casualties are minimal comapred to Gaza & Iraq. The refugee living conditions are way better than the GAZa refugee camps.

Posted by Ousman March 22, 09 05:32 AM
79.

Tamil Tigers did not start the war, Nandika, they fight for the freedom and justice of the hundreds of thousands terrified Tamil people trapped in Northern Sri Lanka. They are just waiting for the ruthless SLA to slaughter them mercilessly. The LTTE do not even get paid and some Rebels give their own lives to fight for freedom and they fight so hard. Now, I know what you're going to say. "YOU'RE A TERRIOST!!" Yeah, yeah, that's all the Sri Lankan government can say. You're a terrorist, I'm a terriost we're all god damned terrorists aren't we? And Ousman, the living conditions in Northern Sri Lanka are FAR FAR FAR worse than the ones in GAZA and in Somalia. They have nothing. No water, no food, no shelter, no medicine. All extremists that are against the Tamil people should recognize this and denying this or supporting the SLA are misinformed and simply...stupid. You cannot deny the evidence that photographs and peace/aid workers have given. I am a Canadian Tamil trying to attract attention to the genocide in Sri Lanka. All Sri Lankans should be ashamed of saying that they are Sri Lankan. But I, I am proud to say I am TAMIL. I am proud to say that I support the LTTE, the Freedom Fighters.

Posted by P O W March 22, 09 03:33 PM
80.

The issue is happening for decades. The present conflict has been going on from 1983 after few of the Eelam leaders were killed in jail. But before this it had happened in 1953 when many of the Tamilians moved to India. For long these people have been asking for equal rights. Let us not picture LTTE every time we talk about suffering Tamil people. LTTE came into picture only during this current conflict, but for a long time Srilankan Tamilians have been asking for equal rights peacefully. Let us not forget Tamilians have been there in Srilanka for centuries and were ruled by Tamilian Kings long time back. Even without talking about the history, when you look at the present century as human beings they need equal rights and have the same right as Sinhalese. People always look for quick solution and feel satisfied when they decide one set of people are the bad guys and deserve it.

Posted by Human with some humanity left March 22, 09 08:55 PM
81.

A picture speaks a thousand words!!!!

Posted by Dman March 24, 09 04:04 AM
82.

POW,
More than 50% of the tamils in Sri Lanka live outside north & east, among sinhalese, muslims and others living normal lives. For an example majority (I would say more than 90%) of people in Wellawatta, which is in heart of Colombo (pic 37) are tamils. Also there are lot of tamils (both from north & east as well as from other parts of the country) studying in universities in west/southern parts of the country, just like everybody else. Most of the tamils who went to western countries seeking asylum telling that Sri Lanka is not safe for them, ironically visit Sri Lanka for holidays.

"they fight for the freedom and justice of the hundreds of thousands terrified Tamil people trapped in Northern Sri Lanka. They are just waiting for the ruthless SLA to slaughter them mercilessly."

I just can't understand the logic of your statement telling SLA is slaughtering tamil people. If that's the situation how come tamils gets to survive, live, work, educate them selves even in majority sinhalese areas.

Looks like you are sympathising for LTTE terrorists, who chose to take arms against SLA and killed many tamils, sinhalese & muslims. Or is it the asylum application.

Posted by J P March 25, 09 11:47 PM
83.

visit www.defence.lk for further information

Posted by jmuuk March 26, 09 06:10 AM
84.

Soon peace's sparkle must be returned to what can only be described as one of life's geographical jewels....... photo journalism at its best......

Posted by mikael allen March 26, 09 07:51 AM
85.

Nice pictures.
As for those who are saying there is a genocide in Sri Lanka, wake up people, its war against a terrorist organization (as UN defines it even).
If you really want to know the true situation you have to be there, like I have been for over 20 years in SL. And let me tell you something there is no conflict between Sinhalese and Tamils or Muslims. I learn at the same university where Tamils from Jaffna and Muslims from Trincomalee are learning with me.
Don't be fooled by LTTE supporters saying the SL government is trying to genocide SL Tamils.
No one said war is pretty, thats exactly why the government asked the LTTE to lay down their arms and come to a peaceful solution (like Karuna, who was a pro LTTE carder but left it and joined the government for the sake of people in east), but unfortunately the LTTE has denied this request every time it was made.
Peace will come to SL soon and we all have to be very patient.

Posted by D.D. March 26, 09 08:27 AM
86.

28-30 are incredibly powerful, very strong images....I couldn't look away.

Posted by Mike March 29, 09 04:06 PM
87.

I don't understand how 1000-2000 LTTE cadres can hold up 200,000 civilians captive in such a small place. So if these people are staying willingly in LTTE zone, does that mean all 200,000 civilians are terrorists?The Sri Lankan government must understand that LTTE has large support of tamils in the north and they should accept LTTE ceasefire offer. I dont see any permanent solution for this war other than CEASEFIRE FOREVER. It looks like countries like China. India, Pakistan, U.S. are making good money out of selling weapons to SL government and may be thats the reason the whole conflict is ignored by the world.


Posted by Ceasefire the only solution March 30, 09 03:23 AM
88.

LTTE is an terrorist organization. LTTE must be destroyed with all those supporting them.

Posted by Lick my Ass March 31, 09 12:39 PM
89.

crazyy. :) jessica spivey is my homiee. :)

Posted by jigga April 3, 09 01:56 PM
90.

the govt of srilanka should enhance the rly transportation system and electrify the entire rly system and doubling, gauge convesion and modernise and give ample opportunities and more no of tech developments with foreign colloboration and gve employment oopportunity for all and shuffle them from the top to bottom of the land govt hopital govt school govt organisation and govt machineries , and govt institutions and govt reps at every area in some way or oher and govt philonthropic organisation and like these many govt establishments so as to have some confidence among the people that it is not biassed and project that it is cosmopolitan democractic country .

Posted by srs April 5, 09 12:53 AM
91.

Americans proudly make movies for their war hero's who fought in 2nd world

war.....What about Srilankan troops.They fight for their land for their own

motherland.People get suffered in war,it is same for the Americans,people don't

wanna talk because America is powerful.please let them solve their problem...I

think that war is the only language LTTE understand bacause srilankans tried

many tactics to solve this for 30 years..................There is no Divided

island......tamils and sinhalies are living happily.Its not the tamils.....It is

LTTE.Finaly i wanna say LTTE is a terrorist organization...IT IS NOT TAMIL

REBELS. There are tamil rebels but its not LTTE...Even LTTE kill their own

people.......so why don't you post some pics of those.......thank you.

Posted by A Patriot April 5, 09 04:53 PM
92.

this was really crazy but interesting.....wo0ow good s^&%!!!

Posted by Jazlene April 6, 09 12:56 PM
93.

i'm proud to be a Srilankan...v r going to win this war by protecting this innocent people..thank you...

Posted by NIshagi Yahampath April 8, 09 02:49 AM
94.

We all 80 million people people around world support for our Freedom fighter in EELAM.. It will surely become a separate nation free from atrocities of sinhalese..

Posted by suresh indinadc April 21, 09 04:51 AM
95.

What are we talking about..why not the srilanka army and the government juz allow this people to be on thier own..i mean give them the independence..when someone doesn't want to belong to u,better allow him to be free

Posted by eric April 22, 09 01:07 AM
96.

#30 is such an irony. His first name "Ahimsa" means non-violence.

Posted by J. Arun April 24, 09 11:05 AM
97.

What irony? Ahimsa is a 'she.' She is Lasantha's daughter.
And FYI non-violence means 'ahiNsa' not 'ahiMsa'!

Posted by Thairndu April 29, 09 01:58 AM
98.

why this everything happening like this. we all are srilankans. i am proud to be a sri lankan. but any way look at these people in north they are humens too. fighting with ltte its ok. pls dont kill the civilians. its realy sad to see this kind of photos.

Posted by ruwanmali April 30, 09 09:22 AM
99.

YOU KNOW? WHEY THEY ARE INJURED? WHO MADE THIS PAIN? NOT LTTES, ONLY SRILANKAN ARMY. THEY ARE ACTING VERY WELL, THIS IS SELECTED PHOTOS, WE ARE ON THE EDGE OF SARROW, YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND OUR PAINS, SOME TIME TOMORROW OR DAY AFTER TOMORROW I AM ALSO JOIN WITH LTTE, RESON? I WANT TO SAVE MY PEOPLES. SINGKALA GOVERNMENT CAN'T SAVE MY PEOPLES THEY PLANE TO KILL THEM.

Posted by SYLAJAN May 2, 09 04:25 AM
100.

Really, you have given the clear picture of the civilians who have been caught in this crucial war. You have done a wonderful job. We thank you very much.
Pl visit our site http://www.crcsrilanka.org

Posted by K.A.C.Nandana May 3, 09 10:29 AM
101.

no one said that every . each end is starting

Posted by Anonymous May 4, 09 09:29 AM
102.

This gives a very clear picure about what's happening in Sri lanka. You have done a superb job.Well done!

Posted by Nelumka Silva May 6, 09 07:56 AM
103.

Tamils believe now only international community.They don"t believe SL Government.Pl help to tamils

Posted by Bawan May 6, 09 06:26 PM
104.

Srilankan Government been killing tamil people many years.Pl stop the war and help to tamils.

Posted by kumar May 6, 09 06:32 PM
105.

When prabhakaran and his battalion marched horizontally to to the tamil eelam all the problems are solved in srilanka and people of all ethnic groups can live peacefully
tamil chelvam

Posted by tamil chelvam sooriyarajan May 6, 09 11:16 PM
106.

Why the world community couldn"t find thease photos of evidence of the cruel war against tamils. Please stop the war and help to tamils.

Posted by vadivel May 7, 09 09:26 AM
107.

the pictures tell a horrendous story of the war in Srilanka. civilians have become the fodder of both sides in this war . modern warfare is all about killin g of civilians whether its kosovo, iraq, afganistan . modern civilisation woud put to shame the likes of Ghenghis Khan , Hannibal, nadir shah and all.

Posted by ashok May 8, 09 02:17 AM
108.

peace..................................

Posted by ko thet win May 15, 09 12:12 AM
109.

Please help.we need freedom

Posted by mahen May 15, 09 01:21 PM
110.

Well done... worth full picture for the world

Posted by Damith May 19, 09 12:18 PM
111.

Please give our rights........

Posted by latha May 20, 09 11:23 PM
112.

PROUD TO BE A SRI LANKAN.

Posted by Rangana Ranasinghe May 22, 09 01:28 AM
113.

UN please call for war crimes inquiry.No112 wait and see.God help to tamils.

Posted by lyma May 22, 09 06:49 PM
114.

I am seeing most of the comments enchanting Srilankan army as heros - I kindly request those peple to know the truth they are not the heros, they are demons of the modern era killing innocents by using banned genocides (it is the poisonous gas weapon used to kill people in mass at a time during world wars) there are instances and proofs that they removing transferable human organs from the killed innocents and preserving it. Though we cant help the innocents atleast dont enchant the demons. It hurts the others who worries about the killing of thier beloved people please with tears..

Posted by Sasi May 25, 09 08:16 PM
115.

Now the Tamil Genocider Prabhakaran Lives in hell with yama king , yama
king tightens security in his kingdom because prabhakaran wants set Eelaam
in the independent country of hell.
prabhakaran searching for his cader, to kill who closed the Mavilaru Anicuit, now who lives in hell.

Posted by Kusum Gunaratne June 9, 09 11:20 PM
116.

improve the protction of people

Posted by rasik August 2, 09 09:05 AM
117.

That Was Gr8

Posted by H August 15, 09 05:37 PM
118.

i don want be SRI LANKAN. i want be tamilelam and SRI lannkan amy big pussy in world
they support 20 country
tamil tigers never lose the will come bak soon
seven they when in war time they help SRI LANKAN

Posted by THEEPAN September 11, 09 05:37 PM
119.

Deaar Editor,
Please make the correction at bottom of the last photo as A Tamil boy, Dino Krishan holds the hand of a man named Thirugnanam as they play in the surf in Wellawatta, Sri Lanka on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) #

That boy's name is not Vino. His name is Dino Krishan. That boy is my friend Thirungnanam Johnson Harintus's son.

Posted by T.Mukunthan October 31, 09 01:12 AM
120.

poor u guys! :(

Posted by Anonymous November 8, 09 10:46 PM
121.

god is seeing all.

Posted by mubarak November 10, 09 03:10 AM
122.

what a unbeliveable photographs, so they need Tamil eazham.

Posted by KANNADASAN.K December 4, 09 08:50 AM
123.

Lasantha's daughter Ahimsha is an heiress now to Mr Wickramatunga's publications now no??Hope she won't turn out like Paris Hilton,Hows traumatic.Is that his sister??His kids should start writing or take up polatics.

Posted by Kasun P February 1, 10 04:59 AM
124.

SRI LANKA WAS VOTED OFF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL,BUT VIOLATIONS CONTINUE.........SRI LANKA IS ONE THE TOP RED ALERT COUNTRIES FOR GENOCIDE.........i want remembered u all one thing here that tamil tigers always believe in peace but the great sri lanka goverments always believe in war.....the gov was kill so many innocent tamil people......our beloved ltte leader mr prabakaran is hero which gave by god to safe those innocent tamil people....god is witness for everything......

Posted by justice February 18, 10 08:22 AM
125.

All of these people deserve something in honor of what they have done for there country. I know they were injured but it was worth it to protect their loved ones.

Posted by Jaylen Smith May 4, 10 01:30 PM
126.

only tears on looking these pictures and no more words to say.... sorryyy my borthers and sisters.............of tamil srilankans

Posted by srini May 18, 10 06:50 AM
127.

we are cursed to be humans i guess

Posted by sandy June 5, 10 03:46 PM
128.

The bad war killed my favourite uncle the monkey mahinda rajapaksa have to die and the sighala people are mental

Posted by tamil eelam June 17, 10 08:46 AM
129.

IT is not look like then in future please save this people

Posted by Veeramani June 19, 10 09:11 AM
130.

Do Not forget . It was the Tamil Tigers, who made the SLA to become a strong Force In Asia.

Posted by vijay November 4, 10 10:20 AM
131.

prabhakaran pola oru mani than intha ulagkil ellai avan pirantha tamil enathil nan peran thatharku parumai padukiran

Posted by v.anandbabu November 15, 10 10:30 AM
132.

Come to Sri Lanka and see all the tamil people including children live in peace and prosperity in harmony with sinhala people. Only opportunistic leeches who gained dollars from war cry telling about a pseudo genocide.
How many tamil ministers in the government and the parliament? How many government workers are there in the country who are tamils? there are thousands of them.
just visit Sri Lanka and see. this is the ultimate example to the whole world about defeating terrorism and racism and winning brotherhood between races.
WE all are Sr Lankans no mattter tamil sinhala or muslim we just want a beautiful tommorow for our children...
Thank you! please come here and see for your selves....

Posted by Sanjeewa December 29, 10 12:55 PM
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