Sri Lankan Tamils – 30 years of Civil War

The Sri Lankan Civil War was fought between Sri Lankan Government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or Tamil Tigers, the separatist organisation which sought a separate statehood for Sri Lankan Tamils. Sinhalese is the major ethnic group in Sri Lanka followed by Tamils and Muslims (who are Linguistically Tamils). After three decades of gruesome war, LTTE were defeated in 2009. The Civil war resulted in hundreds and thousands of deaths and unaccounted war crimes. Predominantly living in the north and eastern provinces of the island nation, Tamils were severely affected by this war physically, culturally and psychologically.

This picture essay offers a glimpse into the lives of the affected Tamils in post-war Sri Lanka.