Aftermath Of War In Sri Lanka

The twenty five year long civil war is over in Sri Lanka, but the aftermath remains with all its anger and frustration and deep seated wounds still alive. Over the past ten months, the Sri Lanka government has resettled about three-fourths of the estimated 280,000 people who were placed in camps due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time or because they were members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE). An estimated 75,000 people are still in camps despite having no connection to LTTE. Unfortunately, thousands were wounded in the bitter conclusion of the civil war and remain physically or emotionally traumatized. They remain in tents, limited in their movements and without visible means of support.

There is need to an organized process both of restoring meaningful work and a place to live in order to avoid the resurgence of terrorist activities. A camp should only be temporary, a village offers family and friends, and jobs provide meaning to a those who have spent years engaged in fighting.