The exploitation of impoverished children in Sri Lanka

An insight into a cult like movement which survived for years under the guise of a human rights struggle. When these kids were shown war movies and taken out of schools to be brainwashed and trained as suicide bombers and soldiers, Tamil kids in Sri Lanka's government controlled areas were gaining a higher education.

Toronto Star
Sitting in his classroom, Sachin Jayasinha leaned back in his seat, draped an arm around his classmate Lasanth Nadraja's shoulder, and launched into a scalding critique of his best friend's shortcomings on the cricket pitch.

Jayasinha didn't get far with his analysis before both boys burst into laughter. The two 14-year-olds love a good practical joke, spend rainy weekend afternoons playing video games and extend their friendly competition to their report cards, each trying to outdo the other in math and science.

"We help each other out when we need to," shrugged Nadraja. "We're just ordinary friends."

Well, not quite.

Jayasinha is Sinhalese and Nadraja is Tamil..

Who deprived Tamil children of their rights? It was the Tigers themselves.

For too long has the Tamil community turned a blind eye to this. Their blind hate towards the government of Sri Lanka and the Sinhalese meant that they swallowed any information the Tigers and their sympathisers fed them.

Just going by comments left on this blog, one notices the pro Tiger Tamils display a deep sense of mistrust towards the Sri lankan state and it's masses.

For years the Tigers effectively convinced even the educated that the 'government' was a single unchanging entity created to destroy Tamils in Sri Lanka. The educated Tamils had no issues accepting that the majority over 15 million Sinhalese were all racist.

The flip side of the coin - Former child solders in rehab.

Even logic can fail the educated when you are programmed to believe in something so deeply, for so long. The third generation Tamil diaspora who have never been to Sri Lanka need no convincing, they just believe what their parents tell them and carry on what they call is a 'struggle'.

They are convinced they are fighting for 'freedom'.

One wonders when the cycle of hate will end.

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