Residents in Ponnalai, Valikaamam West and Kurumpasiddy, Valikaamam North remembered those massacred by Sri Lankan state forces in 2009 at local events yesterday evening.
Gathering at their respective villages, a lamp was lit and a moment of silence held in memory of those who were killed.
Ponnalai, Valikaamam West
In Ponnalai, a poosai was held at the Varatharajah Perumal temple, before a lamp was lit outside by a father who lost both children in the final stages of the armed conflict.
Kurumpasiddy, Valikaamam North
At 7pm on May 18, residents in Kurumpasiddy gathered together to light candles and remember.