In Vavuniya, Tamil Families of the Disappeared are continuing their protests on the roadside to demand to know what happened to their loved ones.
Tomorrow marks 2,000 days since these demonstrations began and still, there has been no answers for the thousands of disappeared Tamils. Despite facing constant harassment from the security forces, these families continue to demonstrate against the government and to demand international action.
“Where are our children?” they chant. During the final phase of the armed conflict, thousands of Tamils disappeared, with many last seen in military custody. An estimated 121 relatives have died whilst awaiting an answer over the fate of their relatives. 16 of these 121 are from Vavuniya.
The protests are held in advance of the United Nationals Human Rights Council session this September.