Friday, June 17, 2011

Sri Lanka: Confronting the Killing Fields

By Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International Asia-Pacific Director,
Amnesty International, June 15, 2011

Sri Lanka’s civil war killed up to 100,000 people and displaced thousands©Amnesty International

Far from the lenses of television cameras and the print of news headlines that typify war reporting today, tens of thousands of civilians – perhaps as many as 40,000 – were killed in the last terrible phase of fighting of Sri Lanka’s civil war between the brutal Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan government.

No reporters were allowed near the war zone, blocked by the Sri Lankan Government in an attempt to hide the death and destruction from the world.

But in this era of mobile phones and digital technology, hiding the truth is difficult.

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