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Sri Lanka Halts Humanitarian Aid

The most difficult aspect of any civil war is what happens once fighting ends. A ship from England loaded with supplies for Tamil refugees who are currently in camps was halted by the Sri Lanka navy on grounds the ship was sent by Tamil supporters in England and they never cleared the cargo with Sri Lanka officials. Those on board the ship insist there are no arms and the supplies are meant for refugees who are suffering from the effects of being bombed for months. Humanitarian groups are concerned the Sri Lanka government recently indicated it would prosecute doctors who worked in rebel held areas on charges they were aiding the enemy.

The United States fought a bloody civil war that resulted in over 500,000 deaths within a four year time period. But, once fighting was over, those who fought against the government were allowed to return home. Now, is the moment for the Sri Lanka government to display its humanity and offer a hand of friendship to the Tamil people.

Mugabe Relents And Will Talk With UN

President Robert Mugabe presides over a nation that has completely collapsed with an unemployment rate of 90% and an inflation rate that is over 200,000,000$%. His political opponent Mogan Tsvangirai agreed to join the coalition government even though he understands that Mugabe is not going to share power and only wants him around to serve as a convenient scapegoat. However, Mugabe finally did allow a United Nations team to visit his nation and make a report about how humanitarian aid can be gotten into the country without having Mugabe henchmen siphon off large amounts for their own purposes.

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon emphasized to Mugabe he could not continue receiving aid with one hand and imprisoning opponents with the other because such behavior will eventually lead to a cut off in assistance. The reality is as of this point, there is scant evidence Mugabe is willing to surrender any power to his opponents. As far as the Mugabe clique are concerned, the word “humanitarian” refers to themselves not to the people of Zimbabwe.