Thursday, November 24, 2005
"My husband is not well. I come to the shore daily to sell fish and earn an income. I was displaced from my own place, Kankesanthurai in 1990. Since then I never went to see my house. It's either occupied by the security forces or destroyed. Now I live in Alvai. I walk a long way in the morning and evening, to earn money to take care of my family. I have five daughters, three of them are married, and other two daughters are living with us. I earn very little money here. We were very rich, before we were displaced, now nobody makes a note of us. We live like beggars here. I am very frustrated, and I want to go back to my own place die there, rather than die here daily" says forty nine years old Mahalakshmi Ariyaasa.
The fishermen of Northern province are frustrated, because they have to give their identity card to the security forces, and get a pass to go to the sea for fishing. And the fishermen, who go to the sea in the evening should return to the shore the next day at dawn.They complain that, they can't stay in the sea for more than the hours allocated by the security forces.