Even as the desperate terrorist outfit LTTE intensifies recruitment of children to expand its depleted cadres of foot-soldiers, Tamils around the world have lost their voices.
No protests. Not a pipsqueak from the clowns in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka, UK or Canada.Only a deafening silence fills the air.
Why is there such silence over LTTE’s child soldiers?
Simple answer, folks. Because there is already an Eelam (Tamil Nation) in the hearts and minds of Tamils everywhere that turns a Nelson’s Eye toward the most heinous atrocities committed by the LTTE but focuses their angst only on the Sinhalas.
That the LTTE terrorists have been recruiting children – and forcibly at that – is hardly anything new. It’s been going on for several years now.
But now with the LTTEÂ suffering crushing defeat after crushing defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan armed forces lately, the terrorist outfit has expanded its forcible recruitment of children soldiers.
This is what UNICEF’s Representative in Sri Lanka Philippe Duamelle had to say on Tuesday:
We have clear indications that the LTTE has intensified forcible recruitment of civilians and that children as young as 14 years old are now being targeted . These children are facing immediate danger and their lives are at great risk. Their recruitment is intolerable.
UNICEF says it’s documented over 6,000 cases of children recruited by theLTTE from 2003 to the end of 2008.
According to Duamelle:
Child soldiers suffer physical abuse, traumatic events and face death. Instead of hope, fear defines their childhood. Scores of injured children have been evacuated in the past week. Children are victims of this conflict by being killed, injured, recruited, displaced, separated and denied their every day needs due to the fighting.
Where are the voices of protest against this disgusting practice of recruiting children as soldiers? Where is Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi now?
The UNICEF also said Tuesday that it’s extremely alarmed at the high number of children being injured in the fighting in the northern area of Sri Lanka known as the Vanni.
LTTE denies recruiting anyone below the age of 18.
Well, if you belief that drivel than you’ve got to believe that the millions Stalin arrested and executed were all saboteurs, wreckers, spies and murderers.