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Tigers target O/L repeaters for recruitment



Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara

Colombo: The LTTE has once again intensified its forcible recruitment drive this time depriving the education rights of those who sat for the Ordinary Level exam, Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said yesterday.

"Intelligence reports from Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts indicate that the LTTE is now recruiting schoolchildren who have failed the G.C.E. O/L examination," the Brigadier added. "It is pathetic to note that the LTTE is depriving these innocent children the chance to sit for the examination for the second time."

The LTTE facing a severe shortage of manpower has intensified the forcible recruitment drive by making it compulsory to recruit two members from one family living in Wanni.

Many people in Wanni especially the families having teenagers are fleeing the uncleared areas to protect their children as there is a tendency to recruit children once they complete 18 years even depriving their higher education opportunities.

Earlier, the LTTE prevented youth selected to undergo higher education in Southern universities by urging them to surrender a member of their family to get clearance from the LTTE if they are to proceed to their respective universities.

A large number of such students arrived in the South through the Omanthai entry-exit point last year. According to Brigadier Nanayakkara 358 civilians have already arrived in the cleared areas in Vavuniya and Mannar since January 1, this year in a bid to protect their children from being recruited by the LTTE.

 

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