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Old Coot Donating Member (385 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-24-09 07:39 PM
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200,000 Tamil civilians imprisoned in Sri Lankan Manik Farm camp
Source: The Times

We are in an open jail, Kumar whispers, his skinny shoulders shaking as he looks around to check who is watching Help us, we want to be free.

He is one of about 200,000 Tamil civilians being held against their will behind the razor-wire coils that surround Manik Farm, the largest displacement camp in Sri Lanka one of the largest in the world.

Camp is not the word its inmates use for it. A prison and a concentration camp were two of the descriptions The Times heard on a rare visit to the camp on the sidelines of the visit by Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General.

Squalor is less the defining feature of Manik Farm than militarism. The presence of armed soldiers around the camp and its perimeter is overwhelming. New armoured patrol vehicles sit at the entrance to the side of a sandbagged bunker.

Read more: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/articl...
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-24-09 07:43 PM
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1. Nothing to be alarmed about. Just an idefinite detention. Go about your business. nt
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-24-09 07:48 PM
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2. Preventive detention, no problem, they haven't killed them yet. nt
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billyoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-24-09 08:02 PM
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3. The United States must denounce these extra-judicial detent--
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-24-09 08:11 PM
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4. Does kinda put a silencer on us, doesn't it?
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snowdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-24-09 08:45 PM
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5. yup--a big--OOPS
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