Kilinochchi, 2010. It’s changed a lot.
The BBC’s Charles Haviland has an interesting report from Kilinochchi, the former LTTE capital. After the war it was a literal ghost town. When I first drove threw no houses had roofs, everything was marked by bullets and the water tower was crumbled where – I believe – the LTTE blew it. According to Charlie’s report, life is getting back to a sort of normal, normal only relative to the horrors of war.
As Charles reports, the people there are rebuilding and life is better. But only relatively. People are still desperately poor and everyone has lost someone (at least one). They are also surrounded by the military and see political solutions, it seems, only during election time.
To a degree these are the struggles of the working poor everywhere in Sri Lanka, but to a greater degree they are not. Southerns haven’t had to suffer lost sons and fathers on this scale since the JVP insurrection. They didn’t get much government help then, but that’s still not how things should be.
Charlie’s report is interesting, I suppose just watch. I’d embed it but the BBC doesn’t allow, just follow the link. Life is undeniably better, but almost anything is better than war. It still isn’t anything near good.