In Pictures: Returning to Muthur East

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

First arrivals

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