Uploaded on Sep 20, 2006
a sixteen year old Tamil boy who had escaped form the clutches of the Tiger terrorists surrendered himself to the Security Forces on Saturday, the 16th of September.
The boy was found by the army soldiers on a foot patrol in Puwarasanthivu area in China Bay at 7.10 a.m, Saturday morning.
The child identified as Kliraza Ganeshlingam, told the security forces that he had been serving as a child soldier in the LTTE and escaped the outfit due to the unbearable sexual harassment committed by the senior LTTE terrorists.
"I lived with my parents at Ralkuli in Muttur. The LTTE forced seven children in the village including myself to join the outfit early in the month of March. The parents of the other six children managed to send their children away form the village, but I was taken forcibly to the LTTE camp in Kandalkadu in South of Trincomalee" the boy said.
Ganeshalingam further revealed that he had to undergo rigorous military training at Kandalkadu camp, where he was trained to use T-56 machine guns and Hand grenades.
"There was 75 youth in my batch of which at least 17 were younger to me" Kallirasa added.
The military sources said that the boy came running crossing the un-liberated area whilst being fired upon by the terroists.
When inquired on his battle experiences the boy told he was sent on the mission to attack the Kattaiparichchan army camp, in August ,with 75 other cadres of which only 50 could survive.
Explaining his misery at the hands of the LTTE the boy said "following the LTTE's defeat in Muttu,r I was assigned to work in the kitchen at Upparu LTTE base. There I was compelled to gratify unnatural lust of the senior LTTE cadres, almost on the daily basis"
"I could bear no more, it is better off dead than to live with them (LTTE), that is why I risked my life in escaping the out fit. They (LTTE) repeatedly open fire at me, but I survived "the boy concluded.
The LTTE is one of the terrorist organizations in the world that extensively exploit children as child combatants. The UNICEF itself handed over a list of 1387 child soldiers to the LTTE in July this year requesting immediate release of the underage fighters. Interestingly, the SLMM too, once declared in their reports that the LTTE was holding at least 2161 child combatants.
Child soldiering is a war crime. But for a reason unknown, the LTTE leadership seemed to find it difficult to do away this practice, though he has been warned several times, even by his own terror sympathizers.
Whilst committing horrendous crimes against the Singhalese and Muslim children in the remote villages of North and East, the LTTE leadership seemed to gratify his sadistic instinct against the Tamil children via child combatants. This crime itself has already brought about more harmful repercussions on the very Tamil community, which the LTTE claims to represent.
Meanwhile, doubts are raised why the LTTE leadership shows such kindness to pedophiles. It is well known fact that this kindness to the pedophiles turned into to a fury against the child protection officials when they attempted to arrest a pedophile who was seeking refuge of the LTTE. It has been alleged that Bandujeewa Bopitigoda was jailed by the LTTE because his Child Protection Agency arrested a pro-LTTE university professor, who had raped a 13-year old minor girl 40 times.
Strong evidence suggests that three pedophiles, Micheal Smith (British) and Thomas Caspar Wirtz and Armin Paffhauser (Swiss) were also escaped the country under the patronage of the LTTE leadership.
Kaliraza's story opened up a new frontier to look in to the elusive mind of Prbhakaran who brought 25 years of terror upon 19 million people. The story for sure is only the tip of the ice berg which hides so much of lies beneath.