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Sri Lankan army block Tamil farmers from accessing their land

Tamils from a village have complained about the Sri Lankan army for blocking them from carrying out farming activities on their land.

Last week, the Tamil farmers from villages bordering North Vavuniya, stated they were not given permission to access their 250 acres of land. The land was assigned to Tamil people of Paddikudiyiruppu and its bordering villages for agricultural activities. A well was also reconstructed and handed for agricultural activities for these people.

During the war, the Sri Lankan government approved the development of several villages that were adjacent to Tamil-populated farming land. The Sinhala settlers promptly took over this farming land.

However, after the end of the war, the original Tamil population were able to reclaim their land through persistent protests and fought hard to resist the continued threats from Sinhala settlers and the Sri Lankan army, to continue farming on their assigned land.

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