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     Jul 15, '14


From Tigers to barbers in Sri Lanka
By Amantha Perera

When the Sri Lankan government declared victory over the Tigers in May 2009, after a bloody battle in the former rebel-held areas in the north and east of the country, close to 12,000 cadres either surrendered or were apprehended by military forces, according to



government data.

By June this year over 11,800 were released following rehabilitation programs of varying length, leaving 132 in detention.

Former militants, like 32-year-old barber Aloysius Patrickeil, must now navigate the former war zone as civilians.

"They want a better life, they want to live like ordinary people," says Murugesu Kayodaran, rehabilitation officer for the Kilinochchi District Divisional Secretariat.

But after years of war, violence and no sense of what "ordinary" life means, this seemingly simple task is harder than it first appears. More ...

(Inter Press Service)





 

 

 
 



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