Human Security, IDPs and Refugees, Peace and Conflict, Poetry, Politics and Governance, Post-War, Vavuniya


The government wishes
all Tamils good rest,
sweet sleep and recovery
at Manik Farm. We have
cleared the brush and
carpenters are busy
making coffins. Parasites

will be snuffed out,
no ifs or buts. Between
asylum writs, and bribes
paid to guards to keep
family together, and
diarrhoea, we will
make the camp fit

our Tamil village
concept, nothing too
overpopulated, but
with banking facilities
to store Thalis and
other gold, just right
for the new Tamil

and his diminished
in ancestral
Sinhala lands.