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Melani Manel Perera
Jaffna, where women weep
The civil war has widowed tens of thousands of women in Jaffna, their husbands, civilian victims of the conflict. The women have to cope with an unhelpful government and social prejudice in Tamil society. Private groups provide aid so that they can regain their dignity. Our correspondent continues her reports on the aftermath of the war.
14/12/2011 SRI LANKA
Tamil refugees and war widows in militarised Jaffna
Almost three since the end of the civil war, the northern peninsula has one one soldier for every 11 civilians, that is 40-50,000 troops out of a population of 600,000. About 39,000 war widows and 200,000 internally displaced people are still waiting. Tamils too are waiting for the government to provide housing, jobs, land and aid.
03/08/2011 SRI LANKA
The central government charged with attack on Tamil journalist
Protests over beating of Ganasundaram hospitalized in a serious condition, but also an invitation to Rajapaksa government to respect the Tamil victory in recent elections. The harsh accusations of participants.
03/07/2009 SRI LANKA
Staff at Jaffna’s main newspaper receive death threats
An unknown group calling itself the Tamil United Force to Safeguard the Country tells the Northern Province’s main newspaper to close down. The newspaper has been critical of the main Tamil parties backing President Rajapaksa.
19/04/2007 SRI LANKA – VATICAN
Jaffna Church tells Pope that human rights no longer guaranteed in its region
The Jaffna Commission for Justice and Peace writes to the Pope on the eve of his meeting with President Rajapakse, asking him to urge the Sri Lankan leader to respect the 2002 cease-fire, investigate local disappearances, and re-open routes to allow delivery of humanitarian aid. Local Catholics have doubts and question motives for the visit. Let us hope it will “contribute to peace,” says Nuncio Zenari.
23/08/2016 13:16:00 SRI LANKA
Military not returning land to 9,000 civil war displaced people in Jaffna
The refugees live in precarious conditions in 43 refugee camps. Military leaders justify the decision on national security. IDPs claim the army built Buddhist temples on their land, when most of them are Hindu or Catholic. Government IDP figures do not coincide with those of activists.
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