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Tamils live in fear 11 years after war

Activists say the country remains ethnically polarized and demand justice for all

UCA News reporter, Colombo

UCA News reporter, Colombo

Updated: May 18, 2020 09:48 AM GMT
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Tamils live in fear 11 years after war

Tamil women cry at the graves of their relatives who died in fighting in Mullaitivu, where thousands were killed in the final days of the civil war that ended in 2009. (Photo: UCA News)

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A Tamil mother who lost two children during Sri Lanka’s civil war says Tamils are still living in fear after the country wasted great opportunities to meet the political demands of the Tamil people.

“The Sinhala leaders have proved that they are not prepared to meet their political aspirations and only want to gain power through Tamil votes,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous after taking to the streets as an activist to demand rights for Tamil children.

Ruki Fernando, a prominent human rights defender, said that 11 years since the end of the war, Sri Lanka remains ethnically polarized, with many Tamils in the north and east inclined to mourn their loved ones and many Sinhalese in the south and rest of the country inclined to celebrate the government’s war victory.

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