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Tamil Tiger Guerrillas Directing Aid Effort

In Ruined Town, Rebels Outperform Officials. The beachfront road is gone, along with all the neighborhoods behind it. The Catholic church is a shattered husk. On the buildings left standing, a grimy ring six feet above the ground records the depth of the water when the wave first crashed upon the town. By Monday afternoon, however, destruction was not the only story in Mullaittivu, which lost an estimated 3,000 of its 5,300 residents to the Dec. 26 tsunami, according to local officials. The other story was the gradual return of order. While international aid agencies, and to a lesser extent the Sri Lankan government, have each played a role in reviving this part of the country, aid experts say that most of the credit for the surprisingly well-organized relief effort goes to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a guerrilla movement of the ethnic Tamil minority that controls large chunks of the north and east. Full Story

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