Ampara, Batticaloa, Human Security, IDPs and Refugees, Mannar, Peace and Conflict, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Vavuniya

Homeless in one’s homeland

Dream to be home again
Photo credit: Agron, from Portraits of Displacement

Worldwide, those rendered homeless and destitute by violent conflict is growing. According to UNHCR statistics, the figure of Internally Displaced Persons stood at over 32 million at the end of 2006. In Sri Lanka’s case, many of those displaced by the tsunami were communities already displaced by war. This double displacement exacerbated their trauma and continues to date. My article end with impressions of a photo exhibition of refugees and IDPs by Gemunu Amarasinghe.

Read my article here.