Monday, July 31, 2006

Sailing the straits for safety

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Over 5,700 people have made a treacherous journey to Tamil Nadu to escape violence in the North-East of Sri Lanka. About 58,000 refugees continue to live in existing 103 camps across Tamil Nadu since the 1980s.

NGOs in Tamil Nadu say the conditions in camps for Sri Lankans are “appalling”. They fear that many parents in the camps simply cannot afford to send their children to school.

But many people particularly in Trincomalee continue to set their thoughts on sailing across the straits to Tamil Nadu.

Safety and security in Trincomalee seem to be their main concern for leaving and it surpasses any somber stars they may have to endure to continue their livelihood in Tamil Nadu.

The following Portrait of humanity at the Alles Garden Welfare Camp, Trincomalee was taken on July 2, 2006.Pleae visit the following link to view more images of humanity