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Militarisation: Sri Lankan navy builds Tamil pre-schools in Jaffna islets

The Sri Lankan navy continued with its militarisation of the Tamil North-East, announcing that it had constructed two pre-schools for Tamil infants in Pungudutivu and Mandaitivu last month.

The schools were reportedly constructed as part of the military’s “reconciliation projects”.

The opening ceremonies of the two schools saw uniformed military officers cutting ribbons, whilst Tamil infants and their teachers looked on.

The latest example of the Sri Lankan military’s intrusion into civilian life comes despite more than a decade passing since the end of the armed conflict. The Jaffna peninsula has been under military occupation for more than 20 years. Despite that, tens of thousands of Sri Lankan soldiers continued to be stationed across the North-East, where Tamil politicians and civil society organisations have criticised their intrusion into civilian life.