Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Muslim community of Mannar was forced to leave from the home town in 1990 by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eealam). Most of them never went back to check about their properties due to fear. Some of them went back to Mannar during peace time after 2002, but did not want to stay long due to uncertainty.

They have been living in welfare camps in Puttlam district for more than 17 years. There are 13 families-70 persons living in Nookkuraansolai welfare camp in Kandalkuda, Puttlam district. They are living in cadjan huts for the past 17 years.

They feel that, they are a neglected Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of conflict, and nobody cares about them. The Muslim community believes that the LTTE leadership has not shown any sign to the evicted Muslims, to comeback and resettle in their places.