News Category: Kilinochchi
  • Number of drought affected rises to 1.66mn
  •    [ Aug 04, 2017 15:07:15 GMT ] [ News First ]

        The number of those affected by the drought has risen to 1.66 million. The Disaster Management Centre has said the District of Kurunegala remains the worst affected, with over 163,000 people suffering the consequences of the drought. Close to 139,000 have been affected by the drought in the district of Puttalam. Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mannar, areas in the Northern Province and Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara in the Eastern Province are also facing the challenges of the drought. [ Full Report ]

  • More than 900,000 affected by droughts in the North
  •    [ Jul 14, 2017 14:55:52 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        More than nine hundred thousand civilians are affected by the drought condition that currently prevails in the Northern parts of the country, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today. DMC Deputy Director K.A.D.P.K. Kodippili responding to Daily News said the year prolonged drought condition has affected areas including Puttalam, Monaragala, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Northern Province and some parts of Kurunegala and Kandy.After conducting preliminary assessments regarding the condition, the DMC has spent Rs. 40 million to provide clean drinking water to people in affected areas. Kodippili also said that the DMC has provided 6000 water tanks and 200 water bowsers to the program. [ Full Report ]

  • Rathika: a success story
  •    [ Aug 16, 2016 15:03:07 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        Pathmanathan also works with 17 war affected children in Kilinochchi and through her example, seeks to help them rebuild their lives.“My goal is to release 1,000 books of stories of those who were affected by the war. These stories need to be told and heard and through them we can better understand our people. It is also therapeutic for them,” he said.“Rathika will always have the stigma of being a former LTTE cadre. If she is to overcome that, society has to help her move beyond that. These have to be in the form of actions, not just words. They have to feel that they are part of our society. It is then that true reconciliation occurs,” [ Full Report ]

  • A Decade Later, Still No Justice for Sri Lanka's Schoolgirls
  •    [ Aug 15, 2016 14:33:11 GMT ] [ teluSUR ]

        August 14, 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of the macabre slaughter of more than 61 Tamil children by the Sri Lankan state. And yet a decade after this fact and seven years since the end of the country’s armed conflict, justice for the girls killed, along with the thousands of other victims of the war’s impunitive crimes, is no closer to being realized. In the air raid that injured up to 150 others, 16 bombs were dropped on the Senchcholai Girls Orphanage in the Mullaitivu District, where teenage girls mostly aged 15-18, were attending a first aid workshop. [ Full Report ]

  • Ford partners and JEN to support 50 families in Kilinochchi
  •    [ Jun 16, 2016 13:44:05 GMT ] [ LBO ]

        Ford Motor Company, represented in Sri Lanka by Future Automobiles, a subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings, has awarded a grant to JEN (Japan Emergency NGO) to carry out an agricultural livelihood project in Kilinochchi. Utilising the funding from Ford, JEN will be able to assist people who have returned from displacement regain their livelihood through agriculture. JEN’s project will focus on constructing agro-wells which can enable agriculture during dry seasons and increase income to achieve self-reliance in the long-term.This project aims to contribute to two main goals. [ Full Report ]

  • Rebuilding Lives, and Homes, Shattered by Sri Lanka’s Civil War
  •    [ May 17, 2016 17:05:15 GMT ] [ NYT ]

        Despite the family’s losses and deprivations, if it is possible to speak of lucky ones here, the Ramasamys might qualify. When they first returned, they lived under a roof made of coconut leaves, but now they have a new house and a comfortable life. In 2012, two years after they returned, Mohanatharsini secured a job at one of the first companies to move into Kilinochchi after the war, MAS Holdings, the largest clothing manufacturer in the country. Starting in an entry-level job on the production floor, she earned $80 a month making activewear for Nike. In this area, where virtually the only employment at the time was in the rice paddies, her salary was a small fortune. [ Full Report ]

  • Government of Canada partners with UNDP and FAO to take Northern Sri Lanka’s Dairy and Agriculture Sectors to New Heights
  •    [ May 17, 2016 16:51:23 GMT ] [ UNDP ]

        Under the Canada-funded Agro Economic Development Project (ADP), the Government of Canada together with UNDP and FAO, is working to strengthen agro economic cooperatives in the Northern Sri Lanka, with a specific focus on the districts of Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu, as the region continues a gradual transition from recovery to development phase.The Government of Canada under a financial envelope of 6 Million Canadian Dollars is funding the UNDP-FAO jointly implemented ADP with a reach of over 11,000 households across the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts. The Government of Canada continues to enhance the strong and longstanding partnership with the United Nations and is the third largest donor of UNDP Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • Milk for ‘Wholesome’ Empowerment: Life after War
  •    [ Nov 05, 2015 11:24:33 GMT ] [ UNDP ]

        At 25 years she is the General Manager of the Poonakary Livestock Breeders’ Cooperative Society (PLIBCO) in Killinochchi, Sri Lanka. She has the overall responsibility for managing both the revenue and cost elements of 10 Milk Collection Centers of the Cooperative. She not only oversees the Cooperative's marketing and sales functions but also the day-to-day operations. Smart, skillful, determined and passionate – Meet Thevaseelan Keetha. [ Full Report ]

  • Extreme weather delays Sri Lanka's post-war reconstruction
  •    [ Dec 24, 2014 15:14:33 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        A series of extreme weather events in the past three years has held back already slow post-war reconstruction efforts in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, officials and experts say. "The drought has been terrible - probably the worst in the last decade," said Rupavanthi Ketheeswaran, the top public official for Kilinochchi District, one of four that make up Northern Province. "The project was partly affected by a prolonged drought," the Red Cross said in an update early this month. "Shortage of both surface and ground water, and limited water supply from the local authorities and local suppliers delayed construction." [ Full Report ]

  • U.S. Government Support for New Hospital for Akkarayankulam in Kilinochchi District
  •    [ Oct 10, 2014 14:03:08 GMT ] [ US Embassy, Colombo ]

        The U.S. Embassy supported new construction and equipment for the hospital with approximately 77 Million Sri Lanka Rupees in assistance. “We believe these hospital projects help the Health Minister and the Northern Provincial Council provide quality healthcare for tens of thousands of people living in neighboring communities,” said Chargé d'Affaires Mann. “We are committed to help improve the lives of people in these former conflict areas.” [ Full Report ]

  • Population Control Activists Prey on Women in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Jan 10, 2014 11:00:13 GMT ] [ Life News ]

        Tamil women continue to die at the hands of the Sri Lankan government, which is intent upon eradicating the minority population. A woman named Manjula Satheeskumar and her father are the most recent casualties...Such forced sterilizations of Sri Lankan Tamil women are common. Most citizens in Kilinochchi, Manjula’s home town, are Tamil...Population Research Institute (PRI) President, Steve Mosher, says, “Forced contraception and sterilization are nothing short of acts of genocide. Sadly, these are regular occurrences in the island nation of Sri Lanka.” [ Full Report ]

  • Indian national arrested for filming in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Dec 26, 2013 12:56:36 GMT ] [ NDTV ]

        An Indian national has been arrested in Sri Lanka on charges of filming a military installation in Kilinochchi, the former LTTE stronghold, police said today. "An Indian national was arrested in Kilinochchi yesterday. He had videoed a military camp, road, war devastation of buildings," police spokesman Ajith Rohana said. Rohana the 24-year-old Tamil Nadu resident had arrived in Lanka on a tourist visa. "As he had violated the visa rules, he was handed over to the immigration authorities," he added. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka to resettle displaced people by 2014
  •    [ Dec 18, 2013 11:20:43 GMT ] [ IANS ]

        Sri Lanka Tuesday announced that it hopes to complete the resettlement of its internally displaced people (IDP) by next year. Minor issues still remain to be addressed on the resettlement of war displaced people, Xinhua quoted Sri Lanka's Deputy Resettlement Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, a former senior rebel member, as saying. The deputy minister said the government needs time to complete the resettlement process and it hopes to do that by the end of next year. [ Full Report ]

  • Dwindling Aid Slows Sri Lanka
  •    [ Nov 07, 2013 10:54:58 GMT ] [ IPS ]

        Two recent U.N. surveys, one by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and another by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), finalised in June this year also found impressive progress in the former war zone, especially in infrastructure works.But just beneath the veneer of development lie the lingering issues of unemployment, poverty, food insecurity and mass debt. There are new roads, but they don’t seem to have brought in new riches. Despite the impressive development spending, in the last three years, Sri Lanka has been struggling to harness donor funding for humanitarian work in the former war zone. [ Full Report ]

  • Wigneswaran gets all
  •    [ Oct 17, 2013 10:09:38 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his ministry portfolios a short while ago, Media Spokesman to the President Mohan Samaranayake said. North Province Finance and Planning, Law and Peace, Land and Road Development, Electricity, Housing and Development , Water supply , Co-operative Development, Social Services and Rehabilitation, Women Affairs, Industries and Enterprise Development, Tourist, District Management and Provincial Councils, Management, Food Supply and Distribution were all assigned to Wigneswaran. [ Full Report ]

  • IDPs Sink Into Debt While Trying To Build A Home
  •    [ Oct 08, 2013 12:12:58 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        Having been on the move and living in tin-roof shelters or tents for a greater part of their lives, the IDPs of Kilinochchi say their dream is to settle down in a beautiful house. It has been four years since the guns fell silent in the North, and some of the IDPs who laid claim to their ancestral land are attempting to build that dream house of theirs; a task that costs more than they can afford. [ Full Report ]

  • Amid Violence, Returning to Elections in Sri Lanka After a Void
  •    [ Sep 21, 2013 14:56:51 GMT ] [ New York Times ]

        The thugs first appeared around 11:20 on Thursday night, a dozen or so men lurking outside her house. Two wore army uniforms.Ananthi Sasitharan — a Tamil candidate in the first provincial elections to be held in 25 years in the former insurgent stronghold here — said she had woken up her three daughters and prepared for the worst. She called a few friends, who soon appeared and persuaded her and her daughters to sneak out the back. It was a good thing they left. [ Full Report ]

  • Coercive Population Control in Kilinochchi
  •    [ Sep 16, 2013 13:45:37 GMT ] [ Groundviews ]

        Recently, women in three Kilinochchi villages were subjected to coercive population control. This incident occurred on August 31, 2013 – at the Veravil government divisional hospital in Kilinochchi. The affected women reside in Valaipaddu, Veravil and Keranchi[1] ; all three are coastal villages. On August 30, the hospital staff and volunteers attached to Veravil divisional hospital informed community members residing in the three villages that any woman with a child under the age of five should come to the hospital the following day to weigh their children and to receive a vaccination. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka resumes rail link to former rebel town Kilinochchi
  •    [ Sep 14, 2013 14:34:51 GMT ] [ IANS ]

        The Sri Lankan government on Saturday resumed railway services after six years between the capital and a town devastated by the civil war, officials said. President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched the train service linking capital Colombo to Kilinochchi town, reported Xinhua. Kilinochchi was the de-facto capital of the rebels during the war. Rebel leaders operated from the area and taxed goods being transported along the road via the rebel town. [ Full Report ]

  • Tamil newspaper office attacked in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Apr 03, 2013 13:10:18 GMT ] [ Xinhua ]

        An office of a Tamil newspaper was attacked in the north of Sri Lanka on Wednesday, the police said. The police said that the Uthayan newspaper distribution office in the Kilinochchi town, an area which was once under rebel control, was attacked by an unidentified group. At least three people were injured during the attack while the building and a vehicle parked outside was also damaged. [ Full Report ]

  • Beyond The Fields Of Kilinochchi
  •    [ Mar 31, 2013 20:38:31 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        Kilinochchi, a town that was most affected by the 30 year conflict in Sri Lanka is located in the heart of the Northern Province with a floating population of 135,605, many of whom were displaced in the conflict. These displaced families underwent severe trauma having lost many of their family members during the conflict. Even though the conflict ended, their current status has been a severe impediment to normalize their lives. This has been the main challenge in areas that suffered prolonged deprivation due to the war. [ Full Report ]

  • SLFP threatens Tamils filing cases against Sinhala land grab in Ki'linochchi
  •    [ Jan 14, 2013 15:16:08 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) men in Ki'linochchi have been threatening the Tamil land owners who have been filing cases against the Sinhalese from South who have occupied their lands. The SLFP men are behind ‘providing’ lands to the family members of the Sri Lanka Army soldiers and other Sinhalese from South. At least 15 cases are pending the Ki'linochchi courts against illegal land grab of priviate lands by the Sinhala settlers from South, legal sources in Ki'lnochchi told TamilNet. [ Full Report ]

  • “Tamil women forced to marry Sri Lankan army personnel”
  •    [ Dec 18, 2012 13:29:07 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        Alleging that Tamil women in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts in northern Sri Lanka were being forced to marry Sri Lankan Army personnel, DMK leader M. Karunanidhi on Monday asked the Union government to ascertain the facts and take it up with the neighbouring country. “The mere mention of the name Yazh (short for Yazhppanam or Jaffna) provokes the Sinhalese. Tamil scholars were attacked in the Jaffna World Tamil Conference and the Jaffna University library was burnt down,” he said and wanted India’s intervention to stop the incidents. [ Full Report ]

  • SLA conscripted Tamil females admitted at Ki'linochchi hospital in mentally affected state
  •    [ Dec 13, 2012 14:21:34 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        21 of around 100 Tamil girls, who were conscripted to Sri Lankan military in Vanni, were admitted in Ki’linochchi hospital in a mentally affected state on Tuesday night around 11:00 p.m. by the SL military from Paarathipuram in Ki'linochchi, parents of the victims told TamilNet. In the meantime, TNA parliamentarian Sritharan was at the hospital struggling to get permission to witness the plight of the victims. But, around 30 SL military personnel guarding the hospital were not allowing him to independently witness the state of the victims, the parliamentarian told TamilNet. [ Full Report ]

  • Ex-Sri Lankan Tigers swap bombs for bras
  •    [ Nov 09, 2012 13:44:19 GMT ] [ Financial Times ]

        Hundreds of former Tamil Tigers, the defeated Sri Lankan rebel army, are moving into a peaceful trade, swapping a history of bombs and guns for bras and football shirts. In a sign of long-awaited economic reconstruction following the brutal conclusion in 2009 of the nation’s 23-year civil war, one of the biggest suppliers to Victoria’s Secret is training the former Tigers to work in the first big garment factories to open in the battle-scarred north of the island. [ Full Report ]

  • Too many jobless youth in former war zone
  •    [ Oct 01, 2012 13:51:02 GMT ] [ IRIN ]

        Even though the Northern Province’s economy grew by 27 percent in 2011, according to the Central Bank, this has translated into few new jobs, said Sarvananthan, the principal researcher at Point Pedro Institute of Development, based in Jaffna District. and Wijesinha, an economist at the quasi-government think-tank Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in the capital. Both attributed the spike to the region’s large-scale infrastructure projects and low starting point following a decades-long conflict. Fighting peaked in early 2009 before the government declared victory in May that year. [ Full Report ]

  • Legacy of war - unemployment and homelessness
  •    [ May 21, 2012 11:47:05 GMT ] [ IRIN ]

        Life is slowly returning to normal in northern Sri Lanka, but three years after a decades-long conflict was officially declared over, jobs and housing are the prevailing concerns of returnees. Most of the estimated 448,000 people displaced before or during 2008 by fighting between government forces and rebels wanting an independent Tamil state have returned to the Northern Province, according to the latest figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lankan military behind slaying of Montrealer: Reports
  •    [ May 14, 2012 10:17:00 GMT ] [ Toronto Sun ]

        The Sri Lankan military is thought to be involved in the murder of a Canadian citizen of Tamil origin, according to journalists in Sri Lanka. The founding editor of a nationalist Tamil news organization told QMI Agency Sunday that his journalists on the ground in northern Sri Lanka reported that the Montreal man was murdered after trying to reclaim property seized by the military. Andrew Mahendrarajah Antonipillai, 53, was found dead in northern Sri Lanka in early May, his family told QMI Agency on Saturday. [ Full Report ]

  • Montrealer reportedly murdered and mutilated in Sri Lanka 11
  •    [ May 13, 2012 11:46:03 GMT ] [ Toronto Sun ]

        A Montrealer of Tamil origin was reportedly murdered in northern Sri Lanka in early May after attempting to recover property lost during the war, QMI Agency has learned. The family of Andrew Mahendrarajah Antonipillai, 53, learned of his death on May 3, his brother-in-law told QMI Agency on Saturday.However, Benjo Ponniah could not confirm media reports his brother-in-law was found with his throat slit and his genitals mutilated in the northern Sri Lankan town of Kilinochchi. [ Full Report ]

  • Canada urges Sri Lanka police to probe murder
  •    [ May 11, 2012 17:04:25 GMT ] [ BBC ]

        Canada says it expects Sri Lanka to make a full investigation of the murder of a Canadian citizen in northern Sri Lanka last week. Reports say Anthonypillai Mahendrarajah, of Sri Lankan Tamil origin, was killed when he went to reclaim property lost during the war. His properties were said to be in Kilinochchi, the town that became the headquarters for Tamil Tiger rebels. Sri Lanka's army defeated separatist rebels in 2009 after 26 years of war. The Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Bruce Levy, told the BBC that Mr Mahendrarajah was apparently murdered by a group of men just outside Kilinochchi. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: A9 to reconciliation
  •    [ May 03, 2012 16:42:59 GMT ] [ Euro News ]

        The Northern Sri Lankan city of Kilinochchi acted as the de-facto capital for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for more than a decade. In November 2008 the Sri Lankan army launched sustained attacks on the town from three directions. Battles raged along the A9, the main highway from Colombo to the Tamil areas in the north of the country, many people were killed and most of the town destroyed before the Sri Lankan army regained control in January 2009. [ Full Report ]

  • MAS Holdings to set up new apparel unit in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Jan 17, 2012 15:59:06 GMT ] [ Fibre 2 Fashion ]

        Colombo based MAS Holdings, a leading apparel producer in Sri Lanka, is setting up a new factory in Kilinochchi district in northern part of the island country. The new apparel manufacturing unit being set up in once war affected area of Kilinochchi would be a world-class unit. With presence in five countries worldwide, MAS Holdings is a strategic supplier for brands like Nike and Marks & Spencer, and also caters to brands like Ann Taylor, Adidas, Banana Republic, Lane Bryant, Speedo and Gap. [ Full Report ]

  • Paradise lost, post Eelam war
  •    [ Dec 31, 2011 22:37:52 GMT ] [ Deccan Chronicle ]

        Driving on the potholed A9 highway to Jaffna that could break the strongest of spines, it was great relief spotting a volleyball match in progress at a wayside playground. It was in Kilinochchi, which used to be the LTTE capital until President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced its capture by his troops on January 2, 2009. Less than five months later, the forces ended the Eelam war killing the Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. [ Full Report ]

  • Yayasan Sakti to send humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka
  •    [ Dec 13, 2011 16:36:27 GMT ] [ Bernama ]

        Yayasan Sakti, with the cooperation of the Prime Minister's Department, will be sending humanitarian assistance to victims of Sri Lanka's 30-year civil war which ended two years ago. Its director and Makkal Sakthi Malaysia president Datuk R.S. Thanenthiran said 30 people comprising engineers, doctors and volunteers were undergoing training on the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the five-day mission. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka lawmaker speaks for food freedoms, voiceless minority
  •    [ Dec 09, 2011 13:10:52 GMT ] [ LBO ]

        A Sri Lankan lawmaker - Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka's main opposition has spoken out for food freedoms, after a fellow parliamentarian and prime minister proposed banning an imported food heavily consumed by Tamil speaking minority citizens. "The statement by the Prime Minister that wheat flour imports should be banned is an irresponsible statement and must be retracted," de Silva said. "The 2010 data, which covers the entire island, also show that the household wheat flour consumption in the Jaffna district was 19.3 kilograms per month while in Vavuniya it was 18.1 kilograms per month." [ Full Report ]

  • Road Signs Indicate Better Times
  •    [ Nov 28, 2011 14:20:21 GMT ] [ IPS ]

        Chinese engineers are now overseeing the repair of this 50 km stretch of gravel connecting Nedunkerni village with the A9 highway, the lifeline for Sri Lanka's former northern war zone, popularly known as the Vanni. Culverts and small bridges are being restored and sharp turns realigned. Restoration of the Nedunkerni - Puliyankulam road is a sign that basic public amenities like transport are no longer luxuries and that almost two and a half years after the war ended peace and development are finally trickling in. [ Full Report ]

  • What Happened To India’s 50,000 Houses?
  •    [ Nov 27, 2011 14:04:29 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        When The Sunday Leader interviewed R. Sampanthan a week ago, the TNA leader claimed that of the 50,000 houses the Government of India had donated to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka, only 50 had been fully completed. “According to our sources, when the Indian Foreign Secretary visited last month, only 50 houses had been completed,” he said. When contacted, the TNA claimed that the primary cause for the delay has been that lists of beneficiaries have been manipulated by Government Ministers. [ Full Report ]

  • Hard times in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged north
  •    [ Jul 21, 2011 12:43:55 GMT ] [ BBC ]

        The dirt road leading south-west from Kilinochchi town is pale red, the colour of the soil of the Vanni, the northerly extreme of the Sri Lankan mainland. It is a land that lost all its people. They retreated with the Tamil Tigers as the civil war swept through Kilinochchi more than two years ago. There are burnt-out husks of houses. But new huts are now scattered among the trees. There is a bonfire by the roadside and small shops that returnees have opened. A few soldiers pass on bicycles. People walk by the roadside like strangers rediscovering the land of their roots. Hundreds of thousands have left army-run camps to come home. [ Full Report ]

  • Now weather terror in Kilinochchi
  •    [ Dec 31, 2010 11:35:44 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        A Kilinochchi resident was killed while two others were injured and more than 10,000 acres of paddy fields affected by the floods from the torrential rains continued to lash the war-ravaged district in the past few days. The Meteorology Department said the weather pattern was an extension of the rainy weather in the rest of the Asian region. A spokesman said the disturbance in the lower atmosphere had caused heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning in the North and the East and was expected to last for a few more days. [ Full Report ]

  • Returnees brace for monsoon rains
  •    [ Oct 01, 2010 11:17:50 GMT ] [ IRIN ]

        Next month's upcoming monsoon rains could spell trouble for thousands of returnees to conflict-affected northern Sri Lanka. The annual northeast monsoon rains run from November through February, and are usually accompanied by strong winds and extensive flooding. Inter-monsoonal rains have already begun in some areas. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), many of the more than 200,000 returnees since late 2009 now live under transitional or emergency shelter, including tents, tarpaulins, tin sheeting and improvised housing shelters. [ Full Report ]

  • IOM Delivers Indian Roofing Sheets for Sri Lanka's Homeless Returnees in North
  •    [ Oct 01, 2010 11:15:05 GMT ] [ IOM ]

        IOM this week took delivery of over 75,000 corrugated galvanized iron (CGI) sheets donated by India to Sri Lanka to provide roofing for some 6,200 displaced families returning to their home areas in the north. At the request of the Ministry of Economic Development, IOM will move the CGI sheets in 29 containers from the Port of Colombo to the Divisional Secretariats in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Mannar and Vavuniya for final distribution. [ Full Report ]

  • Kilinochchi: The Struggle To Survive
  •    [ Sep 26, 2010 14:52:53 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        This war torn town is slowly starting to get back on its feet. The ravages of the conflict still dot the landscape of what is the longest town in Sri Lanka and its people are still very much scarred. The sun was setting on Kilinochchi when we drove in to have a look. Kilinochchi; the unofficial capital city and administrative hub of the LTTE, has been subjected to a protracted tug-of-war. The city has changed hands several times over the years, until the final Battle of Kilinochchi in January 2009, when the LTTE fled the city for the last time. [ Full Report ]

  • Colombo hurriedly readies military colony in Ki'linochchi
  •    [ Sep 22, 2010 10:27:20 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        One hundred houses in the military occupation scheme consisting twelve thousand houses by the Sri Lanka government in Ki’linochchi district to colonize the Tamil land of Vanni with Sinhala families of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) are being hurriedly prepared for occupation. Families of one hundred SLA officers will take possession of them in an event to be held shortly, informed sources in Ki’linochchi said. Arrangements are under way for the event in which key persons of Sri Lanka Defence Ministry will take part. Meanwhile, the owners of the land, all of them Tamils, their properties encroached by Sri Lanka government for colonisation, are not allowed even to go to their places where the military colony is being constructed. [ Full Report ]

  • SLA appropriates uprooted civilians’ villages in Vanni
  •    [ Jul 31, 2010 10:15:41 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Vanni has declared the villages of Mayilvaakanapuram and Kumarasaamipuram in Ki’linochchi district not allowed for resettlement as they had been reserved for SLA use, sources in Ki’linochchi said. 140 uprooted families of the two villages brought to be resettled two months back after detention in Vavuniyaa SLA camp by Sri Lankan civil authorities have not been allowed to resettle in their properties. The uprooted families are forced to live in temporary sheds erected in a bare land without any basic facilities. [ Full Report ]

  • 'Sink differences' to rebuild north
  •    [ Jul 15, 2010 2:38:48 GMT ] [ BBC Sinhala ]

        President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka has called for people in the north of the island to sink their political differences and rebuild the region. He was speaking after chairing an unprecedented cabinet meeting in the town of Kilinochchi, which was the headquarters of the separatist Tamil Tigers until just before their military defeat last year. The government has confirmed that northern Sri Lanka will now host permanent military garrisons. [ Full Report ]

  • Kilinochchi cabinet meeting underway
  •    [ Jul 14, 2010 11:25:51 GMT ] [ BBC ]

        The Sri Lankan cabinet is holding a special meeting in the former capital of the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels, Kilinochchi in the far north of the island. The town was the guerrillas’ stronghold for 11 years until January 2009. By assembling there, the government is making a clear statement of its role in reunifying the island after years of civil war. For years during their separatist war, and long after losing Jaffna further north, the Tamil Tigers held Kilinochchi. [ Full Report ]

  • Cabinet meeting in Kilinochchi
  •    [ Jun 25, 2010 1:20:31 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said the government had decided not only to decentralize the government’s administration system but also the cabinet activities. He said the first ever cabinet meeting would be held in Kilinochchi on July 14. The government’s attention has also been drawn towards holding cabinet meetings in other districts as well, he added. “This has been possible under the prevailing peaceful situation in the country. Another plus factor is that the attention of ministers and officials will be drawn to the districts where cabinet meetings are held,” Minister Sirisena said. [ Full Report ]

  • WSWS reporters visit the devastated Sri Lankan town of Kilinochchi
  •    [ Jun 02, 2010 9:51:58 GMT ] [ WSWS ]

        The military has also occupied Poonahari’s government hospital. “The military checkpoints are made out of the wood and sheets from our homes. ”The local Vattakachchi and Ramanathapuram schools remain occupied by the military.Billions of rupees are urgently needed to rebuild the Kilinochchi district for proper human habitation. But the Colombo government is not interested in rebuilding the conditions of ordinary people. Its treatment of war-devastated people is a continuation of decades of discrimination against Tamils. [ Full Report ]

  • De-mining efforts face funding shortfall
  •    [ May 28, 2010 9:41:31 GMT ] [ IRIN ]

        The recent death of a French de-miner in northern Sri Lanka highlights the ongoing threat of landmines in preventing the safe return of tens of thousands of conflict-displaced. Dominique Morin, who worked for the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, was killed on 10 May when a device he was handling exploded in the village of Kakkayankulam West, in eastern Mannar District. “The risk is still there. We need to do more,” Nigel Robinson, country programme manager for the NGO told IRIN on 28 May in Colombo. [ Full Report ]

  • Former Battle Zone Getting Used to Peace
  •    [ Apr 23, 2010 9:18:56 GMT ] [ IPS ]

        Civilians who have returned to their homes know that they have a real struggle in their hands. There are any hardly jobs in the region. Most of the returning families use part of the 25,000 rupees (220 U.S. dollars) they receive as cash grant to set up temporary living quarters to either start small businesses or get back to farming. Agriculture and fishing are the main means of livelihood here. Still, many are willing to go through the hard grind. "If this is the price for peace, then we will pay it," said Joseph Devasagayam, a resident of Omanthai in Mulaithivu district. He says finding jobs and staying off minefields are nothing compared to what he endured a year back. [ Full Report ]

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