Sri Lanka • Small Island nation. • Sacred religious land for both Hindus and Buddhists. Pakistan India Sri Lanka Bangladesh
Sri Lanka • Two groups • Sinhalese Majority, Buddhists • Tamils Minority (18%), Hindus • Sinhalese government stops giving Tamils civil rights – 1970s • Tamils begin using terrorism, want their own homeland
Tamil Tigers • Want to divide country in half • Terrorist group - uses suicide bombings, kidnappings, child soldiers, assassinations Clip Question 1. Describe the conflict in Sri Lanka. 2. How do the Tamil Tigers work for their goals?
Tamil Tigers READ ONLY • The Tamil Tigers are currently proscribed as a terrorist organization by 32 countries (see list of countries). They have a well-developed militia cadre, and are notorious for committing atrocities against civilians, for carrying out high profile attacks, including the assassinations of several high-ranking Sri Lankan and Indian politicians, and for recruiting child soldiers. The LTTE invented the suicide belt and is widely known for suicide bombing as a tactic. They also pioneered the use of women in suicide attacks. The LTTE has carried out more suicide bombings than Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and al-Qaeda combined. The LTTE is the only rebel organization known to have possessed aircraft.
Part 1 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2405347.stm • Record each question and write one sentence summarizing the answer.