A port town’s story of myopic vision and fading development

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By Meera Srinivasan “One job per family” is what Sri Lankan authorities promised families like that of Y.B. Henry while taking over their land in 2009...

Rebuilding lives and homes shattered by war

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By GEETA ANAND and DHARISHA BASTIANS KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka — On a small wooden table at the doorway to this bright-turquoise house in Kilinochchi, the...

Wounded victims of Sri Lanka’s child marriage law

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In Sri Lanka the legal marriage age is 18, but under a decades-old community law, much younger Muslim girls can get married. As calls...

Guns and grouses

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JAFFNA, Sri Lanka: After her release from a rehabilitation camp for former Tamil Tigers fighters in 2011, one former member of the women-only Malathi Brigade...

Girl from Sri Lanka with Down syndrome reunited with family

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A nine-year-old Sri Lankan girl denied an Australian visa because she has Down syndrome has been reunited with her family in Western Australia. Eliza Fonseka's...

Tamil MP’s family awaits justice but hopes fade

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By Meera Srinivasan It was the Christmas weekend last year. Praviinaa Raviraj woke up and looked at the newspapers. ‘All accused released’, the front-page headlines...

‘My ambition is to be a voice for those who don’t or can’t speak...

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Oslo City Hall seems a fitting place to meet Khamshajiny Gunaratnam for the first time. This grand 20th-century building hosts the Nobel Peace Prize...

Families of the missing lose hope despite OMP being established

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By Easwaran Rutnam   The families of the disappeared from Kilinochchi who have been protesting for over a year demanding answers have now lost faith in...

Trying to rebuild their homes, and lives

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It is nearly two months since the Sri Lankan army returned V. Yogeswaran’s land and house in Palai Veemankamam, about 15 km from Jaffna....

Minding the business of elders’ care

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By Nirasha Piyawadani, in Yunnan, China. Franchised facilities for the aged,  and state sponsored or subsidized facilities are increasingly popular in China among the elderly,...