Groups of Tamil families, fled from Muthur east in Trincomalee district to Batticaloa with the launching of military operation by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on their villages in 2006 are in the midst of being resettled in batches.
They have been staying in temporary shelters located in Batticaloa and Sengkaladi. The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were brought from Batticaloa via Vaakarai-Verukal road in state sector buses and resettled in their villages in Muthur east which are not located in the high security zone (HSZ).
Pictures of returnees taken on July 5th, by drs. sarajevo:
Returning with bundle of joy
Buses with IDPs from Batticaloa waiting to be unloaded at Verugal Ferry
Apprehensive about what awaits them in Muthur-East?
The first group on the ferry coming back to Trincomalee District
The first luggage on Trincomalee side
Women and children waiting for registration
Bags full of belongings carried by the men
Children carrying their belongings to start a new life.
The first group arrived on Trincomalee side of the river and unloading of the ferry is ongoing.
All luggage has to be checked by the military
She got her best cloths out for the return
Registration with the civil authorities