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Days of Remembrance

Tamils Remember, Three Year On

by Canadian Tamil Congress, May 15, 2012

May 2009 brought Tamils around the world unprecedented anguish and tragedy as the 27 year long brutal ethnic conflict came to a disastrous end. The month of May will always be etched in the memory of Tamils around the world for generations to come as more than 40,000 Tamils were massacred during the final stages.

Canadian Tamil Congress Press Release

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For Immediate Release

May 15, 2012


Days of Remembrance

Tamils Remember, Three Year On

May 2009 brought Tamils around the world unprecedented anguish and tragedy as the 27 year long brutal ethnic conflict came to a disastrous end. The month of May will always be etched in the memory of Tamils around the world for generations to come as more than 40,000 Tamils were massacred during the final stages.

In an effort to raise awareness of the injustice and in commemoration of those who perished, the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) has organized and participated in various events. Following a parliamentary press conference on the morning of April 24th, 2012, CTC organized a screening of Channel 4’s “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields – War Crimes Unpunished” in the Canadian Parliament. Members of various political parties were left speechless after witnessing the atrocities brought to screen by the Channel 4 team.

This was followed by a tree planting event on May 5th, 2012, where over 150 Tamil Canadians from all age groups contributed to the future of Rouge National Park by planning nearly 500 trees. While enriching and preserving the environment, the event was of more significance to Tamil Canadians who planted trees in memory of their loved ones who perished in the tsunami and civil war.

CTC will also, for the fifth year in a row, be partnering with Canadian Blood Services to host a blood donation drive with several clinics open throughout this month. We urge all Tamil Canadians to be donors for a very worthy cause under group name Tamil Canadians and group ID code CANA009345. For the thousands of innocent people who died, it is important for all Tamils and concerned citizens to remember.

In an effort to never forget, CTC is marking May 18th as Tamil Remembrance Day. In this light, Tamil Canadians have planned commemorative events. While it is CTC’s hope that all Tamil Canadians come together to mark the anniversary of this emotional day in unity, we urge all Tamil Canadians to take part in all remembrance day activities they are able to attend. While there may be various events, CTC would like to reiterate that the purpose remains the same – to ensure that these innocent lives are never forgotten.

May we always remember.


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