The Northern Sri Lankan city of Kilinochchi acted as the de-facto capital for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for more than a decade. In November 2008 the Sri Lankan army launched sustained attacks on the town from three directions. Battles raged along the A9, the main highway from Colombo to the Tamil areas in the north of the country, many people were killed and most of the town destroyed before the Sri Lankan army regained control in January 2009.
Since then the area has undergone massive reconstruction, schools are being built and water and power supplies re-established and the resurfaced A9 acts as a powerful symbol as the country moves towards reconciliation.
For the people, problems persist but the bloody civil war is finally over.
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