The Tamil Youth Organisation in Germany served Mullivaikkal kanji to the homeless yesterday in Berlin, as Tamils across the world mark the 12th anniversary of the massacre at Mullivaikkal.
In 2009, as Sri Lanka ramped up it's military offensive, it heavily restricted the movement of food and medicine into the Vanni. Due to the limited supply of food, medicine and other necessities, Tamils in Mullivaikkal survived on 'kanji', a type of porridge made from rice, water and salt, as they were trapped in the 'No Fire Zone'.
Even as Tamils lined up in queues for their daily serving of kanji, the Sri Lankan government continued their bombardment, slaughtering many.
Tamils in the homeland and in the diaspora serve kanji on May 18th as a way to pay tribute and honour the struggles that Tamils faced during the final stages of the armed conflict.