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Media: If you are not covering Sri Lanka right now, why not?

April 24, 2009
Written by: Andrew Stroehlein
“A mass slaughter of civilians will take place Tuesday at noon. And everyone knows it.” These are the words my colleague used to describe what is happening in Sri Lanka today in his new article for Foreign Policy’s online magazine. It is not an exaggeration: what’s happening in Sri Lanka is a massacre in progress.

There are over 100,000 civilians trapped in a tiny area, squeezed between the Sri Lankan government forces, who are shelling them, and the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) who shoot them if they try to escape. The Army is advancing, and the death toll is rising rapidly. The situation has been compared to Srebrenica  — which many journalists reading this will remember first hand — but the number of dead already exceeds that Balkan tragedy.

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