May 2009

Peace in Sri Lanka?

After 26 years of fighting between the government and the Tamil minority rebels—known as the Tamil Tigers, of Tamil Eelam— Sri Lanka has announced a “victory” following the death of Tamil Tigers leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran and his top officers. But is it really a victory for the minority group, who still feel their needs are being met with deaf ears?

More than 800,000 are dead as a result of this violence. Over 280,000 Tamil people remain displaced, in what the government calls “welfare villages.” Sri Lanka says it will take about six months to reestablish homes for these people, saying that all Tamil Tiger rebels have to be found first. Humanitarian aid givers are complaining that they’re being denied access to the people.

Tamil Tigers call these villages “concentration camps.”