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Bitter wounds

"Bitter wounds" Continued...

Issue: "Is Christianity in the U.S. doomed?," June 20, 2009

Some say geopolitical dynamics have played a role in marginalizing Tamil refugees. India is clearly concerned about China's increasingly cozy relationship with Sri Lanka and the role Beijing played in helping win the country's civil war. China is also in the process of building a new water port on the southern coast of Sri Lanka as other nations eye the island's strategic position in the waters of the Indian Ocean.

The current prognosis for resettling Sri Lanka's Tamil population is grim, and healing the wounds between Sinhalese and Tamils will require time and effort. "Currently, we are at the disposal of a ruthless regime and the animosity and polarization between the two warring ethnic communities are at the highest levels ever," Ananda said. But he believes the church can play a vital role in reconciliation efforts and says Tamils need to accept a semi-autonomous state while Sinhalese should give equal rights to Tamils.

Priya is concerned that the government will soon be searching for a new crisis to divert attention away from economic woes: "I feel the most obvious next target will be the Christians." He advises those abroad to find out which NGOs and churches are doing reliable work in the country and get behind them and to publicize the truth about the IDP camps in Sri Lanka: "I think the world community has to raise its voice."

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