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Trinco district Muslim IDPs in quandary

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Muslim refugees who went on a fact finding mission  to their deserted village called Uppooral at Eachchilampattai DS division in Trincomalee district were chased out by natives of this area  with the connivance of officials of the Divisional Secretariat. These Muslim refugees have been living in Uppooral, since 1888 and some of them have land title deeds dated 1933.

According to another source, 81 Muslim refugee families were taken on 13th of this month to be resettled in their original village Uppooral which they abandoned two decades back due  to terrorism. This move was facilitated by Minister of Co-operatives and MP for Trinco Mr. Najeeb A Majeed. However, this resettlement program was not properly coordinated by civil and defense authorities. As a result the returned refugees were asked to return to their refugee camps.

The disappointed refugees were assured that they would be resettled soon with properly coordinated resettlement plan. SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem also criticized the manner in which this resettlement was handled at a press conference held in Colombo.

“It is clear from this issue that there are Muslim refugees awaiting resettlement not only in North for the last 19 years but also in the East. Forcibly evicted Muslims from the North and the Muslims IDPs in the East need equal attention by the govt. All attention is focused on recent IDPs in Vanni. It is high time all refugees are treated equally”, lamented a dejected refugee.



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August 29, 2009 at 9:10 am

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