Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

A child with severe blast injuries. The childs wounds are consistent with heavy artillery or mortar fire. Note* This image is a copy of an image which was originally printed and taped to the Tamil hunger strikers tent in Parliament Square, this printed copy of the image was used as the headline image for this report. The original digital file used to print this image, taken on 16th February 2009 in the north of Sri Lanka, can now be examined here. The original image can be viewed in context at http://warwithoutwitness.com Parliament Square, London. 12th April 2009. All pictures ©2009 Terence Bunch.

Tamil Hunger Strike, Sri Lanka Nationalist War. London. 12th April 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-04-12 00:00:00

As the Sri Lankan government announce a temporary truce in fighting between government forces and the Tamil Tigers, Tamils reach day 6 of their protest in London to object to the carnage being meted out to the Tamil civilian population.

Two men have now been on hunger strike for over a week, one of them now receiving medical help prior to travelling to the United Nations to appeal for peace.

The second man continues his hunger strike in the Square and is now becoming emaciated.

Since the start of the assault, British Tamils have carried out several very large protests mobilising over a million people in the United Kingdom.

Despite the crisis, the British government have failed to reconvene parliament.

Parliament Square, London. 12th April 2009.

Two large balloons hover above the Square drawing attention to the plight of the Tamil people.

Two large balloons hover above the Square drawing attention to the plight of the Tamil people.

A man wears a placard warning tourists against travelling to Sri Lanka and thereby funding the murderous regime.

A man wears a placard warning tourists against travelling to Sri Lanka and thereby funding the murderous regime.

A victim of the Sri Lankan war of proscription is pictured on the side of the tent currently being used to shelter the hunger strikers.

A victim of the Sri Lankan war of proscription is pictured on the side of the tent currently being used to shelter the hunger strikers.

Another image depicts a man who has been killed by a large trauma wound to his abdomen.

Another image depicts a man who has been killed by a large trauma wound to his abdomen.

The bodies of three children lay on the ground and are an illustration of what the War on terror looks like for those who have been proscribed, more often than not, incorrectly.

The bodies of three children lay on the ground and are an illustration of what the War on terror looks like for those who have been proscribed, more often than not, incorrectly.

The second hunger striker has now been without food for over a week and is now very weak and emaciated.

The second hunger striker has now been without food for over a week and is now very weak and emaciated.

A Tamil woman holds up one of the images in order that visitors to the British Parliament building can see for themselves the squalid nature of proscription.

A Tamil woman holds up one of the images in order that visitors to the British Parliament building can see for themselves the squalid nature of proscription.

In the heart of the nation that co-pioneered the War on Terror, a Tamil man holds up his arms in protest.

In the heart of the nation that co-pioneered the War on Terror, a Tamil man holds up his arms in protest.