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Mass service held near Mannar mass grave


The Bishop of Mannar held a special mass service with family members of the disappeared on Thursday, near the Mannar grave were 61 bodies have been unearthed so far.

Ringing the bell for all those that went missing in Mannar, the Bishop recited prayers for all those that had disappeared or been kidnapped.

Addressing the crowd, he went on to state that, from September 2007 until May 2009 166 people had disappeared from Mannar alone, adding that he had collected all their details and submitted it to the LLRC. Yet, the Bishop lamented, their whereabouts are still unknown, and he went on to call for an independent and accountable investigation.

He was further quoted as saying, 

“We do not want concessions or death certificates, we want to what happened to those who disappeared.”

On the issue of mass graves, the Bishop went on to state there could be many more graves in several other areas, citing his experiences of people he knew in Jaffna who had been massacred.

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