How much aid has come into Sri Lanka? How has it been used? December 26th may seem like a long time ago to some, but –heck, it’s 90 days- not if you are living in temporary shelter, or have lost your husband or a child.
A new political blog, Dheshapalana, operated by a journalist, keeps this topic alive. He/she (who for now seems to want to remain anonymous) reminds TAFREN ( The ‘Task Force to Rebuild the Nation’) about
the right of the citizenry to know how much money Sri Lanka has received. So what is the standing figure? Where is the money going? These, undoubtedly, are common questions on the minds of many.
I am glad that people are asking the uncomfortable questions. The time will come when the internatonal community will want accountability; the country cannot aford to squander the goodwill it received, because of the bureaucratic bungling of a few. There are hundreds of government and non-governmental organizations operating relief programs, and the media will be doing a great service by keeping the pressure up.
It’s about time writers and blogs like Dheshapalana began focusing on the politics of tsunami relief, now that the warm, fuzzy stories have been covered. As the site pleads:
stop lamenting; there’s no time like the present moment – out with the figures please! This is a democracy – the people need to know!