Kalimuthu Subbamma, a Tamil mother who was searching or her forcibly disappeared son, passed away earlier this week, having never found the whereabouts of her loved one or received justice for his abduction.
Affectionately known as Kamala, she was one of several mothers protesting in her hometown of Vavuniya, demanding answers over the fate of their disappeared loved ones.
Her son was reportedly abducted by the Sri Lankan army on January 13, 2000. She had been searching for him ever since.
Families of the disappeared in Vavuniya lit candles before a banner of Subbamma on Wednesday, paying tribute to her and her struggle for justice.
She is one of dozens of Tamil parents who have passed away never knowing the fate of their loved ones that had been forcibly disappeared by the Sri Lankan state. Recent figures suggest over 100 parents are thought have died without knowing the truth about their disappeared children.
Although many of the relatives are elderly and vulnerable and face routine harassment from the Sri Lankan authorities, they continue their struggle for justice and accountability.