Sri Lanka survivors fight for fresh start

September 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

A really interesting report published this morning by IRIN.

The article details the struggle in Sri Lanka for women to improve their quality of life after the civil war which rocked the country. Families living in areas under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were required to provide a child to join the separatist forces, male or female.  The result now is that many women who were in the forces are left unable to use the skills they learned in the war, as society demands more traditional roles for women in Sri Lanka. 

Apart from the physical and mental damage sustained, only a third of skilled youth are employed in the country. Women who took part in the war through no decision of their own, many from as young as 13, were ostracized on their return, forced onto the run, and missed too much school to gain qualifications.

The report suggests that the nation is slowly beginning to rebuild itself and learn to empower its youth to build the country’s strength.

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