The Common Good

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught

I know of two priests who have decided to stay with their people in the so-called No-Fire Zone in northern Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands of Tamil civilians are trapped in a living hell. One of those priests described the shelling that killed so many on Saturday night:

All sorts of heavy weapons were used for more than 12 hours from all four directions on May 9-10, 2009. The night was a deadly night. Children, women, and elders were screaming at the peaks of their voices. It was callous, heinous and indiscriminate shelling and bombing. Words are lacking to describe [it].

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