M.I.A. Battles the Sri Lankan Navy

April 7, 2009

M.I.A.’s name recently popped up on the Sri Lankan Army website after controversially backing a campaign to send aid to citizens trapped inside the Wanni warzone.

Dubbed a "Mercy Mission," M.I.A. has been involved in a campaign launched in Britain last week that is aiming to send a boat filled with food and medical supplies to the innocent people caught between the fighting of the Sri Lankan Government and militant group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The only problem is the that the Sri Lankan Navy is saying that they were alerted that the cargo of over 2,000 metric tons of food is actually destined for the LTTE. The Navy has said that they will open fire on any unauthorized vessel to enter Sri Lankan waters.

Mathangi Arulpragasam (a.k.a. M.I.A.) is urging the government to let the ship get to its original destination.


“The Mercy Mission will carry dry food and medicines for Tamil civilians in the Wanni within the Sri Lankan Government’s ‘safe zone’,” said Arulpragasam, who is of Tamil-lineage and whose father is a revolutionary opposed to the Sri Lanka Government.

“Many have already perished from starvation and preventable disease. We cannot ignore these genocidal conditions,” she continued, “and if the aim of the SL Government is to protect the lives of the civilians, then this ship will reach its destination and lives will be saved.”

This makes a rap beef look like a game of rock-paper-scissors.

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