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Sri Lanka: health as a weapon of war?

July 6, 2009

British Medical Journal : Sri Lanka: health as a weapon of war?
In 2003 I worked as an overseas volunteer doctor for six months in the Tamil north. That is when I realised the extent of the physical and psychological trauma that the Tamil people had faced during Sri Lanka’s 30 year civil war. Throughout the conflict successive governments have used access to medicines as a weapon of war against the Tamils who were living outside the military controlled areas in the Tamil north east of the island (http://reliefweb.int/rw/RWFiles2007.nsf/FilesByRWDocUnidFilename/RMOI-7CU24Q-full_report.pdf/$File/full_report.pdf). The recent conflict, which began in 2006, is no different.

Since 2006 the Sri Lankan government and its armed forces have systematically blocked the provision of clean water, shelter, food, and medicines by civil organisations as well as local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
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