Reconciliation through Community Based Reintegration

Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation conducted a grass root level community awareness program on Rehabilitation and Community Based Reintegration of ex-combatants at the auditorium of 591 Brigade HQ on 8th December 2010. The Mullaitivue GA Division , Karaithurai pattu and Maritime Pattu divisional secretariat areas were covered during this programme. Commissioner General Rehabilitation Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe, Commander 591 Brigade, Brigadier Ehela Malpe , OIC Mullaitivu Police, Mr Clive Jackniek and Suchiko from IOM, Grama Niladaries of 33 GN divisions including the people of division Maritime pattu and local representatives of IOM attended the programme with large number of reintegrated male and female beneficiaries attended the programme. The main focus of having this programme at Mullaittivue was to carry the message of peaceful reintegration to the grass root level.

During the seminar we came across Mr Nallathambbi Niroshan who is a former rehabilitee of BCGR. He did his A/L 2010 in Commerce stream from the Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Center, Tamil Primary School. Niroshan came to meet Brig Ranasinghe with a very happy face and said he got through the exam with two B & and C and is eligible for the selection for the university.

Niroshan said, " I never thought I will get this opportunity to get through the exam and get myself eligible for the selection for the university. The special school runs by the BCGR under the Catch Up Education scheme helped and supported me with my studies and provided all what I need. The rehabilitation center gave us everything and we only had to study"

Mr.Thilagan Nallathambi, farther of Niroshan said "my son gave me what I expected from him. I should thank the rehabilitation programme for all what they have done for our children"

Niroshan was forcefully recruited by the LTTE when he was about to sit for his A/L in 2007. He is the eldest son of the family of 5 children.

The next program will be held at Batticaloe on 13 Dec 2010.