News in Pictures: The Day After
Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai in Menik Farm, Vavuniya District
Until its closure on 23rd September 2012, Menik Farm remained the largest camp for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka. The massive camp for the displaced consisted of nine zones and 21 camp areas.
At the height of the war in 2008 ~ 2009 , the sprawling 700 hectare camp was home to over 350,000 IDPs and with the resettlement drive, people were gradually moved out and resettled in their paces of origin. With the final batch of IDPs comprising 1,185 persons from four villages in the Mullathivu district ~ Keppappilavu, Seeniyamottai, Sooriyapuram and Pilakkudiyiruppu being moved out of Menik Farm on 24th September. The government officially declared the camp closed.
These pictures were captured by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai , just the day after the closure of the world’s largest internment camp.
Courtesy : CEYLON TODAY