MUTTUR, Sri Lanka, Apr. 28 (AFP) – Displaced by the war, displaced by the tsunami, now Kiyathupillai Mohideen is on the move again — this time after clashes between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels killed three members of his family. The 66-year-old white-bearded devout Muslim is not the only one who has been uprooted again in the troubled Trincomalee district of northeastern Sri Lanka.
Hundreds, maybe thousands of families — no one’s done a proper count — have been sleeping in schools, churches, government buildings and the homes of relatives since Sri Lanka launched a brief but intensive aerial bombardment on rebel targets.
The bombings Tuesday and Wednesday were meant to send a strong signal to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam after the attempted assassination by a female suicide bomber — suspected to be a LTTE cadre — of the country’s army chief.
But they mainly served to frighten the daylights out of locals in Muttur and nearby Sampur, who, believing the war had started up again after the relative peace of a four-year-old Norwegian-brokered truce, fled their homes.
Mohideen’s family and some 50 others like them, who have been living in temporary shelters in Wattam area of Muttur since their homes were de