LankaWeb – How about thanking the Sri Lanka Armed Forces for stopping Tamil children from becoming child soldiers!

Shenali D Waduge

Bricks are easier to throw than Bouquets. The armed forces of Sri Lanka have unfortunately never received the accolades they deserve. They never will. Being grateful is not in the order of things. Time after time, well-funded campaigns pick out what they didn’t do while ignoring everything they did. No national army in the world has succeeded in carrying out a military and humanitarian operation simultaneously. No national army was able to eliminate the ground forces of an internationally banned terrorist organization while rescuing nearly 300,000 Tamils ​​and accepting nearly 12,000 LTTE fighters who all surrendered wearing civilian clothes . Among these nearly 12,000 LTTE fighters were 545 LTTE child soldiers. The President of Sri Lanka considered them victims of the LTTE and granted them a presidential pardon, another first. No foreign government has looked at the humanitarian side of terrorists – even child soldiers. These 545 have become the latest group of Tamil children who have been kidnapped and turned into child soldiers by Tamil militants.

None of the so-called Tamil leaders on the political scene today have spoken a word against the LTTE and its recruitment of child soldiers. Today, the roar in parliament, but they haven’t even donated a bag of rice to the refugee camps following the end of the conflict.

On the international scene, apart from writing fanciful reports, what have the UN, its rapporteurs, UN agencies for children and women or human rights organizations done to stop the recruitment of children soldiers by the LTTE from the 1970s to 2009?

Do their reports reveal how many Tamil children between the ages of 7 and 18 have been kidnapped by the LTTE?

Do their reports highlight which homes these kidnapped Tamil children came from?

Do their reports reveal how many people have been killed since the 1970s by the LTTE during training or by the LTTE while trying to flee training? How many children on the run have the LTTE shot?

Do their reports cover the horrific training they had to undergo in the thick jungle?

Do their reports cover the deaths of these children, trained to hold a gun and shoot a national army?

Do their reports reveal how many child soldiers died at the hands of the LTTE as they tried to flee during the last phase of the conflict?

Do their reports cover the number of Tamil children who allegedly died from biting the cyanide capsule and committing suicide?

Have any of these international entities sought justice against the LTTE for these war crimes against children?

It is indeed very sad that the LTTE Diaspora is trying to demand accountability “and promote fake genocide”, but they are reluctant to answer questions related to the abduction of Tamil children and turning them into child soldiers or justice that will invariably turn to their responsibility for aiding and abetting the recruitment of child soldiers.

The LTTE Diaspora and their supporters in Sri Lanka are also shy to answer the question from what kind of homes these children were abducted?

They were removed from LOW CASTE and PEOPLE homes – parents too poor to go to the police station to complain, parents too scared to say anything against the LTTE, parents too poor to feed their children when they thought joining the LTTE would improve their lives .

The ordeal these low caste and poor Tamil children have endured is factual and has nothing to do with the fabricated stories of genocide by the LTTE rump overseas.

Why doesn’t the LTTE Diaspora celebrate LTTE children at these commemorations?

They dare not do it because it has a negative impact on them. The LTTE will never highlight child soldier regiments because it is a black mark on them. Notice how the LTTE fronts have never covered up any child soldiers in their whining about alleged killings by the armed forces.

The LTTE was an armed movement – ​​they can’t expect the Sri Lankan Armed Forces to shoot roses. The LTTE was an armed non-state actor in uniform and with a clear hierarchy. If the LTTE shoots to kill, the LTTE must expect a return. However, the scenario that the LTTE fronts present to the world is that they were an innocent group of people who were being shot at by the Sri Lankan armed forces. Obviously, the world is oblivious to its list of crimes and any international body holding roses for the LTTE should seriously research LTTE crimes first.

The majority of the Tamil community comprises of lower castes and poor people.

The LTTE used their own children to gain international status as a terrorist group. The LTTE had armed units made up of child soldiers.

These children lost their youth, they lost their childhood, they were denied education, freedom of movement and the right to live in a happy environment with their parents.

No one can measure this loss.

When 545 child soldiers surrendered to the Sri Lankan armed forces in May 2009, these 545 child soldiers became the last children the LTTE could steal from their parents and turn into child soldiers.

Tamil children and their parents did not have to worry about walking to school or returning from school only to be kidnapped on the way and taken to a thick jungle hideout where they trained in the operations of combat, learned to kill themselves and received a gun kill. The Sri Lankan Armed Forces saved the Tamil child and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces deserve more than bouquets for that.

Shenali D Waduge