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Jan 17, 2018

Over 40,000 war displaced yet to go home in Sri Lanka

Latest figures released by Sri Lankan authorities reveal that more than forty thousand war displaced from the north and east are forced to live away from their homes despite the conclusion of the armed conflict almost nine years ago.

During its three year period in office the government has resettled only 3,996 people.

The ministry of resettlement and rehabilitation says that 40, 938 members of 12, 674 internally displaced families have not been resettled by the end of October 2017.

An overwhelming majority of them have been living earlier in the heavily militarized Jaffna district. Over 70% of them are from Thelippalai where the military has established a massive base.

Others are from Kilinochchi, Vavunia, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Trincomalee and Batticaloa.

'No more land release' - SL Army

At the end of April 2015 the total number of IDP in the north and east have been 44, 934.

Tamils who have been dispossessed of their land by the military in the north are continuing an ongoing protest for more than ten months.

However, the military had announced that it has no intention of releasing further land in the north to their original owners.

- Indika Gamage


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