India: refugee camps put women at risk of violence
Trichy, 31 October, 2012 – For 30 years, civil war devastated Sri Lanka, forcing many Tamils to seek safety in southern India. While Tamil Nadu may be safer than home, for women in the 112 refugee camps across the state, 'safer' is not enough.
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India: school drop-outs experience their first graduation ceremony
Trichy, India, 13, September, 2012 – Young women born into one of Tamil Nadu’s 114 Sri Lankan refugee camps have a difficult road ahead of them, making graduating school and higher education nearly impossible for some. Still 19 women who had left school recently graduate from a JRS alternative school where they learned more than just livelihoods skills.
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Sri Lanka: accompanying us through war and death
Mannar, Sri Lanka, May 10 2011 – Shakti is one of thousands of Sri Lankans who were caught in the crossfire of the civil war between the Sri Lankan Armed Forces (SLAF) and the now defunct insurgent group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
I was born in the village of Kokkilaai in Mullaitivu district in 1983, the year of the “holocaust” for the Tamils in Sri Lanka, when they were targeted in widespread rioting, and also the time when the Tamil militancy was coming of age.

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Thailand: Spending teen years detained
Bangkok, 14 January 2010 – Looking at Divea, she seems like an average 18-year-old girl. Wearing a fashionable denim skirt with a t-shirt and long, black hair, she could easily fit in at her high school back in Sri Lanka. But after speaking with Divea for a few minutes, you may forget that she is only 18. Unfortunately, she seems to have forgotten as well. After spending over a year detained in Bangkok's Immigration Detention Centre, she says she has been forced to grow up fast.
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