More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part 98

Over the next few weeks, is to publish, each weekday, edited extracts from the memoirs of Scottish war correspondent, Paul Harris. ‘More thrills than skills: A half-life in journalism’, is being scheduled for publication next year.

IN Batticaloa, the security forces seemed under no illusion as to what was going down. What they could not understand was what Colombo was up to.

On March 16, we crossed into LTTE territory in the company of the local MP.

The most interesting thing about the meeting was the appearance of his wife. She soon broke down into tears. The price of LTTE support for her husband’s election to parliament had been their eldest son.

They had handed him over to the LTTE for military training.