An event was held in the Vavuniya village of Semamadu to remember a massacre by the Sri Lankan army in 1984.
Twenty-eight Tamil men and boys in Semamadu were woken up from their sleep and rounded up by the army, taken away in military vehicles never to be seen again, assumed to have been massacred.
During the event, a foundation stone for a children's park was laid at Semamadu Shanmugananda Maha Vidyalayam with the financial contribution of Tamil diaspora, and a scheme to plant 1000 saplings was started in the village.
Semamadu residents held prayers in remembrance of the victims at their local temple.
Former Member of Parliament Sivashakti Anandan, Vavuniya Municipal Council member Chandrakulasingham and many others were also present in this event.