Plight of Sri Lanka’s war widows

[BBC] “My husband was a fisherman. About three years ago, when he returned from a fishing trip, somebody checked his identity card and shot him dead,” says Jeyarulai Puwanendran, weeping. The single mother, 23, is a resident of Kiran, Batticaloa, in Sri Lanka’s eastern region. “I have a four-year-old daughter. I don’t get help from […]

‘Like a Tsunami That Won’t End’ After a Failed Cease-Fire in 25-Year War, Weary Sri Lankans Fear the Worst

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SRI LANKA: Flash floods displace thousands in war-torn area

[IRIN] More than 50,000 people have been hit by flooding in northwestern Mannar District in Sri Lanka since 12 March, the government said. The area has witnessed intense clashes between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the last six months, restricting access to relief agencies. Flooding caused by torrential rains […]