Official ID of dead 17 year old Sri Lanka soldier shown to media

One of the Identity Cards recovered with a dead body of a young Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier revealed that the SLA trooper killed in the offensive forefront in Mullaiththeevu district on Saturday Dec 27th was a 17-year-old boy.

LTTE officials displayed the following photos for reporters in Vanni on Sunday Dec 28th.

Identity card of a young SLA recruit killed in the battlefield of Mullaiththeevu

In an interview published by WSWS.org on Dec 26th, a Sri Lanka Army corporal with 13 years’ service explained the situation on the battlefront. He said that new recruits with only three months’ training were being sent to the battlefront. Commenting on the intensity of the fighting, he said: “During last couple of months, the battalions have had to continuously move forward without any break. We are ordered to ‘Go forward even an inch’.

Identity card of a young SLA recruit killed in the battlefield of Mullaiththeevu

“In some confrontations, we were compelled to leave not only the dead but the wounded too. Their heartrending voices are always echoing in my ears. The Tigers [LTTE] know that they cannot win the war and they are desperate. But it seems they won’t give up. This is the brutality of the battlefield. We want to see an end to this [war],” he said.

The same WSWS report also gave the following details about their reporters visiting the family of Lance Corporal G. Suresh in the village of Dunuwila in the central hill district:

Lance Corporal G. Suresh was just 20 when he was killed on November 9 in the battle for Kilinochchi.

Dunuwila is a difficult village to reach. There is no proper road. The villagers do not earn enough through their traditional cultivation of crops such as coffee, cocoa, cloves, and nutmeg. So many young people have been driven to join the military.

Suresh’s parents live in a thatch house roofed with tin sheeting. His father is a carpenter and his elder brother is a construction worker. His two young sisters are still studying. Suresh stopped his studies and joined the army in order to earn the money to build a new house and to enable his sisters to study and marry.

Suresh worked at several places after leaving the school but quit those jobs because the pay was poor. He finally joined the military, ignoring his father’s objections. “Anything might happen to me. But you will get something,” Suresh had told his father.

Suresh joined the army this year, finished his training in October and was attached to the Gajaba regiment. Suresh telephoned his mother on October 24, saying: “We have been asked to go the front lines, but do not know which area I am going to.”

His mother angrily told the WSWS: “Why after such short training like this was he put into the fighting. Even to drive a vehicle one needs some training. My son died young because of this war. The government is responsible for his death.”

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