Why are people wrong about Tamils
The Tamil community in Oberberg is calling for donations for the homeland, which has been badly affected by the flood disaster.
Gummersbach - The Saminathasarma family on Singerbrinkstrasse followed the news from their home country Sri Lanka again and again yesterday via three TV channels that are broadcast over France and Great Britain. The priest of the Oberberg Hindu community, his wife Solojenadevi and their daughters Braveeba (10) and Daranuja (8) are happy that their relatives are not affected, despite the horrific scenes from the disaster area. “Like all Tamils in Oberberg, we come from the Jaffna peninsula,” says Kavesharajakkurukkal Saminathasarma. "It is on the west side of the island, which was largely spared from the wave."
According to the TV news, the wave that hit the east coast of Sri Lanka at around 7 a.m. on December 26th was said to have been up to 20 meters high. With what force, the local stations convey that through drastic images: "Fathers sit with their drowned children in their arms in the middle of their destroyed houses", Saminathasarma translates the Tamil comments. “Hundreds of buses were washed through the streets of the coastal towns like toys. And the pictures speak for themselves: The people who have lost everything wander across the rubble desert. The dead Hindus are cremated immediately, and Christian Ceylonese are buried in coffins. "The coastal road from Colombo to the tourist areas east of the capital has simply disappeared."
The number of dead tourists across the country is currently given as 52. The whole of Sri Lanka mourns around 20,000 victims. More than half of them along the Tamil-inhabited east and north-east coast. Saminathasarma has called on all parishioners to take part in the fundraising campaign that the European Tamil Organization has called for. If you want to know something about the fate of your family, you should call the telephone number (00 44) 20 71 79 22 22. (pkr)
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