The civil war in Sri Lanka lasted for nearly three decades and during the conflict there was bloody killing on both sides resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. After six months the government of Sri Lanka has finally allowed innocent civilians to leave the concentration camps where they were held and return to homes or seek refuge in other areas of the country. According to a Sri Lanka general, “there are no restrictions on freedom of movement. They can go out, they can visit friends, and relatives and they can come back.” There has been considerable international pressure to allow the refugees to leave the camps and become productive members of society as well as rejoining families. Although the refugees can move, they were warned of not being able to return to home villages until the areas have been cleared and declared ready to be occupied once again.
The government has yet to provide refugees with food and materials to resume their lives. They may well be able to visit relatives and home villages but until they are able to resume normal agricultural and business lives the refugees are in a twilight zone of being free, but not being free to have a productive life.