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‘We live as orphans, whist they harvest fruits’ – Tamils remain displaced after 35 years

Tamils from the Polikandy area of Jaffna who continue to live in a refugee camp in Mannar have slammed the ongoing Sri Lankan military occupation of their land.

As they attended an event where dry rations were being distributed to the displaced, the families called for their land to be released.

“We are displaced since the war and been living here as orphans,” said one representative. “Our lands are occupied by the army and they are harvesting fruits.”

Their demand comes as thousands of Tamil families requested a meeting with Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe before January 2023, regarding the release of military occupied land in Jaffna.

The Sri Lankan military continues to occupy vast swatches of land across the North-East, with districts such as Mullaitivu reported to have one soldier stationed for every two civilians.

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