Sunday 12 July 2020
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Battle scars: Sri Lanka’s north counts the cost of a 26-year war

Seven years after the end of a devastating civil war, Sri Lanka’s northern province lags behind the rest of the country on economic development, and the catch-up process is proving long and tough.

The United Nations estimates about 40,000 people were killed in the 26-year civil war between the government and a separatist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). International observers accuse both factions of human rights abuses during the conflict, which was born from years of state discrimination against the ethnic Tamil minority.

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