Bishop of Jaffna Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Savundaranayagam in a letter to Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, praised the timely action, facilitating vacation of Naval personnel from houses at Mandaithivu.
"The people are very grateful to you for returning their houses after 22 years", Bishop Savundaranayagam had further stated.
Mandaithivu is a small island located in south-west of the Jaffna town. Originally there were more than 300 families living and they were displaced in 1990 due to shelling by LTTE terrorists.
Most of the families went to Wanni area and other parts of the Jaffna peninsula. During this period almost all houses were damaged and their main livelihood-fishing was gravely affected due to intermittent sea borne attacks by LTTE sea tigers. The coastal areas were declared as High Security Zone and Sri Lankan Naval Personnel were deployed to tighten security in the area.
Full text of the letter by Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Savundaranayagam:
Courtesy: Ministry of Defence