Karainagar resettlers barred after dark by SL Navy

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 24 September 2002, 03:52 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has barred refugee families that recently resettled in their village in the island of Karainagar, west of Jaffna, from staying in the area after 6 p.m. Residents of the 45 Housing Scheme in Thoppukkaadu, Karainagar, said that the SLN ordered them to leave their homes at dusk everyday and return in the morning. The villagers complained about their plight to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday.

“This is more difficult than being refugees. We are concerned about leaving our things behind and going in search of shelter every night with our families," a resident said.

The people of Thoppukkaadu had to abandon their village when the Sri Lanka Navy moved into the area in 1990.


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