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Despite rebel ties, Tamil aid group earns high marks

Naren Narendran laughs the bitterest laugh imaginable when he is asked how the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization learned how to help displaced people. The most important booster, of course, is the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which controls the areas where the TRO works. Because the TRO sprouted up to help Tamils displaced by war, the organization’s officials have formed a symbiotic relationship with the Tigers. Yesterday, the LTTE’s political leader paid homage to the TRO’s work three or four times in the course of one interview, but denied that the Tigers ever help themselves to the charity’s funds, as some Western governments have alleged. Ottawa has refused to give the TRO tax-exempt status because of the group’s close relationship with the Tigers, and The Wall Street Journal reported recently that U.S. officials will be watching closely to make sure aid doesn’t end up in the hands of the LTTE, which Washington considers a terrorist group. Full Story

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