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Almost five years of peace but tens of thousands of war-displaced still without solution

Up to 90,000 of the over 800,000 people forced to flee during Sri Lanka’s civil war (1983- 2009) remain internally displaced, with tens of thousands more having returned home only to face a number of barriers to long-term solutions.

04 February 2014 | Overview

A hidden displacement crisis

Among those registered as having returned, many have not been able to achieve a durable solution but continue to face difficulties in accessing basic necessities, in rebuilding their livelihoods, and in exercising their civil rights

31 October 2012 | Overview

IDMC

Continuing humanitarian concerns and obstacles to durable solutions for recent and longer-term IDPs

The protracted armed conflict in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May 2009. The final intense stages of combat were conducted predominantly in the northern LTTE-controlled Vanni region.

10 November 2009 | Overview

IDMC

Civilians displaced by conflict facing severe humanitarian crisis

The protracted armed conflict in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) appeared to be nearing an end in 2009 with the LTTE cornered in a small area of the northern Vanni region. However, there remained almost half a million internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country.

01 May 2009 | Overview

IDMC

Returns in the east but new displacements in the north

The protracted armed conflict in Sri Lanka between government forces and the rebel Libera-tion Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has led to 70,000 deaths and the internal displacement of over one million people. At present almost half a million people, out of the country’s popula-tion of 21 million, remain as internally displaced person (IDPs).

27 August 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Escalation of conflict leaves tens of thousands of IDPs without protection and assistance

The protracted armed conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has escalated dramatically since the beginning of 2006, with an estimated 3,300 people having been killed and over 200,000 internally dis-placed, in addition to the hundreds of thousands uprooted earlier on in the conflict and by the tsunami of December 2004.

16 November 2006 | Overview

IDMC

Political instability hampers IDP return

The tsunami of December 2004 forced a million Sri Lankans from their homes, adding a new displacement crisis to that caused by the island's long-running civil war. As of mid-2005, some 800,000 people remained displaced, 450,000 from the natural disaster and 350,000 from the human conflict.

01 September 2005 | Overview

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