UK Tamils polarised but powerful

[ BBC ]

For one bitter-sweet moment when he wakes up each morning, Anand believes he is still in Sri Lanka. When a ferocious war between the Sinhalese-dominated government and Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate homeland arrived at his doorstep in 1993, he fled to Britain. “In my dreams, I go to Sri Lanka. I see my mother who is dead now. I see my old job,” he says. As evening draws in he listens to the radio for news of war, a clue as to where his future lies. “I don’t feel British. When the problem is solved I will return.” But exactly how this problem should be solved is where another set of problems for Britain’s close-knit Tamil community begins.

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