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Nå når kampene er over skulle man tro regjeringen på Sri Lanka ville slippe hjelpeorganisasjonene til. Men det motsatte skjer: FN slipper ikke lenger inn i interneringsleirene. Forholdene der skal være forferdelige. Det gjør regjeringens skyld betydelig større.

President Rajapakse har kunngjort full seier, samtidig lovte han å tilby en politisk løsning på spliden med tamilene. Men behandlingen av flyktningene er ikke noe bidrag til en løsning.

The Sri Lankan Government has blocked access to aid workers trying to help the nearly 300,000 civilians displaced by the army’s victory over the Tamil Tigers, raising the prospect of a humanitarian catastrophe.

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….. an estimated 80,000 people — mostly Tamil, many of them sick, malnourished or suffering from battlefield wounds — were making their way on foot from the war zone In the north to government-run camps that are already swamped. The UN is not being allowed any access to them, The Times has learnt.

Accounts of conditions inside the camps — gained from testimony recorded covertly by aid workers — and the journey to them are horrifying.

Preema, a Tamil woman, arrived at the 400-hectare (990-acre) Menic farm camp on Sunday. She had left Mullaivaikal, the centre of the fighting, where the Tigers had made their final stand before being defeated, days before, after being shelled heavily.

She set out with her husband, mother and two children, to wade through the Nandikadal lagoon — a waterway strewn with mines — in a desperate attempt to reach safety.

There were deep craters where the lagoon had been bombed and people often drowned, she said. A man offered to carry her ten-year-old daughter. Preema never saw them again. Her husband was taken away later by government troops at a checkpoint in Oomanthai, where refugees are being forced to strip before being allowed to pass, after admitting that he had worked for the Tigers. Her mother died in the lagoon.

«Everything is lost,» said Preema, holding her son, 7. «Please help me find my daughter. Not knowing anything is making me crazy.»

Inside one camp, Nandani, 76, described being forced to stand for up to five hours a day queueing for food.

Sri Lanka on brink of catastrophe as UN aid blocked