Dec 23, 2016

War displaced living in camp for 21 years Featured

Two hundred and thirty one war displaced families who live in two refugee camps in Vavuniya for 21 years accuse authorities of failing to build them permanent housing for all this while, BBC Sandeshaya reports.

Ninety five of the families are taking shelter at Poonthottam, while the other 95 families have to endure difficulties at the Sidambarapuram camp.

Fleeing their homes in the face of the war, 22,000 families came to live in these two camps in 1995.

Of them, those having land of their own have gone back, but the 231 families are forced to live there for 21 years.

After 2008, the government stopped granting them any relief.

Villages in a jungle
Vavuniya government agent Rohana Pushpakumara said houses were being built at two villages to settle the families at the Poonthottam camp by end-January.

However, these families say the houses were coming up in a ‘jungle area’ unknown to them, adding that settling in such an area will deny them the opportunity to earn a living.