Juxtaposing reality

On the one hand, there are great ideas on using SMS technology for disaster warning and post-disaster relief coordination.

On the other hand, there are stories of entire communities and peoples denied access to mobile phone connectivity, even though they actually own handsets.

If disasters are human made, then the continued denial of access to basic communications of communities in certain provinces in Sri Lanka is surely sowing the seeds of future discontent, and is inimical to winning over the hearts and minds of those who are central to the legitimacy and sustainability of any peace process.

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