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Tamil mothers demand new Sri Lanka govt returns missing children

Photographs Uthayan

Tamil mothers of the disappeared protested in Kilinochchi on Monday, demanding the new Sri Lankan government provide an answer to where their missing children are, almost 6 years after the end of the armed conflict and release all political prisoners.

Carrying photographs of their missing children, the women protested outside district secretary's office off the A9 road, calling for the disappeared to be returned.

"With tears we've searched for our loved ones - where are they?" read placards, also demanding that Tamil political prisoners be released.

In a petition to the new president, Maithripala Sirisena, the women said: "The new government should find a good solution soon by bringing the issues of the political prisoners that are in prisons for a long time to the fore."

Crying out, one woman told journalists: "I've waited 6 years, I can't wait any more. Where are our children? Tell us where our children are? Why are you tormenting us?"

"Where is my child? I can't live without my child," said another.

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