No peace yet for Sri Lankan bloggers
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Sri Lanka's government may have announced a triumphant end to its 26-year war with the Tamil Tigers, but the country remains deeply torn, not least on the Internet. Also in this edition: the fight against malnutrition picks up on the Web.
"With the death of Vellupillai Prabhakaran, the Tamil Tiger leader, Sri Lanka is finally rid of terrorism!" Numerous messages like these, accompanying images of Prabhakaran’s body, have been circulating on the web for the last week. However, tension is persisting online between the Tamil minority and other Sri Lankans.
As illustrated by these videos, several Tamil protests took place around the globe this week-end to mark a day of mourning and were widely broadcast on the Web. The aim was to denounce the massacre of thousands of civilians by the army during the period of unrest.
A massacre contested by this Sri Lankan blogger. He asserts that the protests abroad are in deep contrast with the sentiments of joy and freedom felt by the majority of Sri Lankans since the official announcement of the end of the conflict.
And videos like these, glorifying the army, which put an end to over 30 years of fighting are multiplying on the share sites.
Another source of tension is the announced death by the authorities of Vellupillai Prabhakaran. This Pro-Tamil site has broadcast a photo of the Tiger’s leader, proving that he is not dead and affirming that a deliberate campaign of misinformation is being led by the army. Several videos like these also attempt to show that the body displayed by the Government is not Prabhakaran’s.
A situation that encouraged this Sri Lankan net user living in Canada to question just how long this cycle of hate will last between the 2 communities. According to him, it will take a while for the Tamils and Sri Lankans to resume talks about the reconstruction of their nation.
FIGHT AGAINST MALNUTRITION
What is your excuse for wasting food? This question is used by this Net user from Singapore to raise international awareness about the scourge of malnutrition, which affects several million people around the world.
This photomontage denounces waste, all too common in western countries. It highlights the fact that hundreds of thousands of tonnes of still edible food are thrown away each year in the US, when over 9 million people around the world don’t have enough to eat.
Meanwhile, UNICEF has posted a photo report on its site about the main victims of malnutrition: children. Hunger kills 3 - 5 million children each year, more than AIDS, malaria and TB put together.
And calls for a mobilisation to curb this scourge are multiplying on the Web, as shown in this video. The message is simple: everyone can contribute to putting an end to malnutrition.
A phenomenon that can be eradicated according to this professor, who specialises in health problems, by adopting a global approach to malnutrition and by realising that this is both a medical problem and one of political management.
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VIDEO OF THE DAY
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