05/18/2009 11:09 PM s
Abu Dhabi/Dubai: Many Sri Lankans yesterday cut short their working day to be in front of the television to watch every bit of the news regarding the death of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) founder-leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran.
The civil war, which has been going on for nearly 25 years, came to a bitter end for the LTTE, who were routed by the Sri Lankan army.
Priyanthi Priyadarshini, a Sri Lankan homemaker in Abu Dhabi, said she was very happy about the end of the war following the death of top rebel leaders including Prabhakaran.
"I am sad about the loss of human lives - although they are terrorists, they are human beings too. But, any way the country will be peaceful now and we are eager to experience it next month when we go there during the school vacations," she said.
"My children can go anywhere without fear of bomb blasts, I hope."
Now is the time to help the internally displaced people from war zones, especially Tamils, she said.
"We will extend all help to the government by sending clothes and other essential items for them", added Priyadarshini who is also president of the Sri Lankan Community Circle in Abu Dhabi.
Nishanti, a Sharjah-based Sri Lankan housemaid, said: "I am extremely happy that finally Prabhakaran is dead. It is good for my country. Because of that man so many people died in my country. Unlike what the LTTE have been portraying so long, there is no problem between a common Tamil and a Singhalese and they live in perfect harmony but it is the LTTE that created all the negative propaganda.
"I stayed away from work and the entire day was spent watching Sri Lankan and foreign television channels... I called my family at home and even they were glad the civil war has finally ended." Sujith Weerasinghe, a Dubai-based finance manager, said the LTTE had not only destroyed the country but also its economy.
"Everybody in Sri Lanka wanted to get rid of them. Even Sri Lankan Tamils are very happy. Colombo-6 is an area where the majority of Sri Lankans living are Tamils, We don't have a problem. They are after all Sri Lankans. There is no ethnic problem in my country. It is all a creation of the LTTE and those who kept funding them to fulfil their own aspirations. The Singhalese as well as Tamils in Lanka can now live in peace."
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