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MULLAITIVU, Sri Lanka (AFP) – Six months after the tsunamis battered Sri Lanka’s shores, people in this remote eastern village under the control of Tiger rebels have yet to see any sign of reconstruction. MULLAITIVU, Sri Lanka (AFP) – Six months after the tsunamis battered Sri Lanka’s shores, people in this remote eastern village under the control of Tiger rebels have yet to see any sign of reconstruction. Most live in makeshift camps and are still clearing rubble with their bare hands. For them, an early place in the toilet queue is a luxury.

Not that Sri Lanka is short of money — the island has been promised three billion dollars in foreign aid to cover the cost of tsunami reconstruction twice over. Unlike in this town, rebuilding is in full swing in government-controlled areas.

Politics, however, are preventing aid from reaching the eastern seaboard, a prized military possession for the Tigers, the rebels say.

They add that they themselves met immediate relief and temporary shelter needs with the help of aid organisations and contributions from Tamils living abroad, but the reconstruction phase is yet to begin for want of cash.

“We need a lot of inputs and it is held up because w