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The Tragic Killing of a Young, Committed Doctor
A statement by the Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo
CEYLON 081118-1
November 18, 2008

[The Church of Ceylon (E-P) - Ceylon] The killing of Dr Palitha Pathmakumara has shocked the nation and caused security concerns, especially amongst the medical profession.

Dr Palitha was a popular and committed medical officer who served the people of Navataadu and its surrounding villages with devotion. He sought to bring healing across all barriers and save lives. This senseless killing is consequently a tragic reversal of all that he stood for and must be condemned.

I offer the condolences of our Church to Dr Mrs Pathmakumara and the family. May the commitment and vision of Dr Palitha inspire you to face the difficult days ahead. May God bring you light out of darkness and hope out of despair.

This killing is a symptom of the violent and volatile situation that has gripped the Eastern Province. Law and order must be restored; and I earnestly appeal to the President to obtain a situation report and thereafter take steps to eliminate the culture of violence and fear that continues to deprive the people of peace and harmony.

Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera
Bishop of Colombo
18th November 2008