Ilankai Tamil Sangam
Association of Tamils of Sri Lanka in the USA
Tamil Eelam National Leader, Pirapaharan, releases Rs. 300 million for relief work and appeals for international assistance:
"My beloved and respected Tamil people,
Devastation in East (photo courtesy BBC)
"The devastation caused by this tidal surge has exacerbated the sufferings of our people already affected by a war that continued for over twenty years and has torn asunder our nation. I convey my feeling of attachment, consolation and deepest condolences to our people who have lost their beloved and dearest, and are undergoing unbearable sorrow and pain.
"My condolences also go to our Muslim and Sinhala brethren in the southern coastal areas, who have lost their kith and kin, and are in deep sorrow.
"I also take this opportunity to express my condolences and share the grief of all the people in the South Asian nations, India and Tamil Nadu in particular, on whom this disaster has befallen.
"Our Liberation organisation, the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation, other Non-Governmental Organisations and several Civilian-Based Organisations (CBO) are jointly involved in relief and humanitarian assistance to our people who have met with this tragedy and are eking out a life of misery.
"I am obliged to convey my sense of gratitude and affection to our brethren living abroad who are voluntarily and magnanimously extending their helping hand to the relief activities, strengthening our resolve and giving hope to the distressed. I request of them earnestly to continue extend this assistance to salvage our people from the consequences of this major disaster. I solicit the support and magnanimous assistance of the international community and the UN agencies to help our people in distress."
Posted December 30, 2004