In a poignant display of remembrance and demand for justice, the families of the forcibly disappeared in Vavuniya district observed the final day of the Tamil Genocide Remembrance week.
These families, who have been protesting for accountability for over 2000 days continuously, gathered to commemorate the lives lost during the final days of the armed conflict.
The families, many of whom themselves survived the horrors of that time, silently protested against the state's repression and restrictions on selective remembrance. Despite the challenges in surveillance and intimidation, they offered flowers and lit candles as symbols of tribute and remembrance.
This continued act of protest serves as one of the many focal points in the North-East for collective mourning and strength. It also showcased their determination to keep the memories of their loved ones alive and to pursue justice until their demands are met.
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