The civilians of Vakarai started to flee for their lives in December 2006. They are spending their lives in the makeshift shelters in Batticaloa.
There are 950 families-1,553 persons living in Maavadivempu welfare camp. The camp is cramped with people sitting under trees, and outside their plastic tents. These stretch of tents are put next to each other, where there is hardly any space in between.
The place is very hot and dusty. People find it difficult to stay in the tents during the day time. They escaped the crossfire, now their worry is about their missing loved ones, left belongings and the future for their children
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
"I left my house in Sampoor in April 2006. I was driven from my house due to the violence.Then I went to Vakarai by foot along with my elderly parents. I had to leave Vakarai with my parents to Batticaloa due to heavy fighting by both sides. I am still single. I have to find an employment to take care of my eldrely parents, and marry later" says Vijitha Kathiresapillai (29)