Colombo Telegraph

The Broken Survivors Of Sri Lanka’s Civil War

By Frances Harrison

Former BBC Sri Lanka correspondent

The Sri Lankan civil war – which claimed 100,000 lives – ended in 2009 when government forces finally crushed a near-40-year-long insurgency by the Tamil Tiger rebel group. The final months were especially brutal and survivors will not easily forget what happened to them.

It was not hard to spot her. The house on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland, was full of plump Sri Lankan Tamils, joking loudly and overloading the table with dishes of steaming biryani for Sunday lunch.

In the corner, reluctant to come forward, stood a skeletal gaunt-faced woman with dark circles under her eyes, a tell-tale sign of sleepless nights.

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