Nearing a month in Trincomalee Welfare Camp

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

The residents of Kappalthurai moved to Trincomalee Saraswathy Vidyalayam, after the recent violence in the area. The refugees say that, they do not know how long they have to stay here. There are 1, 200 persons living in this welfare camp for almost a month.

There are no classes taking place in the school.

The refugees get dry rations.

The refugees say that, they do not know how long they have to stay here.

The Muslim refugees, who stayed in this welfare camp moved to their relatives’ house recently

Fifteen year old Paramasivam Sriharan sells oranges to earn income.He says that, school is closed, and his parents do not have enough money to feed their children.

The females complain that there is no separate section for them in the welfare camp.

Selliah Subramaniam (54), cooks egg plant curry for his fellow refugees in the welfare camp.

People are afraid to go out of the welfare camp to buy things. There are small shops set up in the welfare camp.

“I can’t live here long. I was displaced in 1990, and settled in Vanni till 2002. I have come back in 2002, after the Ceasefire Agreement was signed between the then Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil eelam. My husband is ill. I have no income. I have three daughters, who are still studying. I am expecting my other child in June” says thirty year old Vijayalakshmi Shakthivel.

There are 1, 200 persons living in this welfare camp for almost a month now.

..and there is no privacy..

Contact:dushi.pillai@gmail.com
Source: HumanityAshore.org

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