A new twist - INGO vacancy ads with LTTE obituaries
"Efforts to mislead Wanni youth into
the LTTE recruitment drive unraveled."
concerns have arisen among defence and humanitarian aid circles
following a startling revelation made by the security forces now
operating deep inside LTTE territory in Kilinochchi. The findings have
given cause for reasonable suspicions of the sort of 'humanitarian'
activities conducted by some famed INGOs for years in the non-liberated
According to available evidence, it appears that the
local propaganda newspapers published by the LTTE carried advertisements
from international aid and relief organizations such as the ICRC, Save
the Children and the Danish Refugee Council for vacancies in their
organizations, alongside LTTE obituaries for its terrorist cadres, in
the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.
"We are greatly concerned with this as the LTTE might
have used the INGOs to shield its recruitment drive and lure youth for
interviews and later to be abducted in due course" a defence observer
The positions advertised by the ICRC, Save the
Children and Danish Refugee Council are for: Field officer, Project
officer and Radio operators in Kilinochchi.
Defence analysts are not ruling out the possibility
that some agents or individual members of these organizations, that are
supportive of the LTTE, having these advertisements placed, in order to
both attract youth to the dwindling LTTE cadres, and also funding the
terrorist outfit either locally or abroad through for these
One such analyst and observer of current developments
and activities of INGOs and NGOs said this matter required a thorough
investigation by the authorities concerned, and explanations from these
"What may unravel as troops surge further into LTTE
territory might be more interesting, he said adding, no wonder the
terrorists are furious with the military domination in fear of more
revelations that would surely put these agencies on the spotlight and
wanted for 'explanations", and "clarifications" he further said.
Recently the government took pro-active measures to
relocate INGOs and many aid agencies in safe quarters in Vavuniya,
following clear assessments obtained of the possible danger to workers
of these organizations by the LTTE. The government decision has
minimized collateral damage and denied LTTE 'aid canopies' which it had
used on many an occasions to divert aerial attacks.
Earlier, it was found that LTTE terrorists have taken
heavy earth moving vehicles, trucks, tractors and several land cruiser
jeeps from the Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA) in Kilinochchi, which was
reported to the defence authorities much later, when it was said these
were taken forcibly.
Defence.lk will continue to keep a watch for such
developments and keep you posted.
The LTTE obituary notices for its cadres and the INGO
advertisements for vacancies are published below.
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