The True F ace Of Sri Lanka's War-
15 Aug 2013--By Shelley MorrisTamil asylum seekers who arrive inAustralia by boat are in many cases thelucky ones - many who suffer cannotleave, as these photographs fromShelley Morris show. Warning: graphicimages
Despite the armed conflict finishing in 2009,the humanitarian situation in Sri Lankaremains grim, and human rights abusescontinue. The government of Sri Lanka hasdone little to promote reconciliation andrehabilitation and bring about justice forvictims. Both the Sri Lankan Government andthe Australian Government paint anoptimistic picture of the current situation innorth Sri Lanka. The reality is much different.It had been almost three years since I hadfirst visited north Sri Lanka, at which time thewar had only recently finished. I was unsurewhat to expect this time. Extensive development has been widelypublicised by the government and applauded as an indication of restorationbeing implemented throughout the North.It was when I travelled to the interior that I started to see and hear thestories of what life is really like for the majority of Tamil people. Thecarnage left behind after such a brutal war is horrific, and three years on,severe psychological trauma is vast and pervasive. These images show the legacy of a war where safe zones were routinelytargeted, where bloody battles took place right in the midst of homes andlives, and where the civilian sacrifice was significant. It uncovers theeveryday struggle of living with agonising disfigurement, harrowingmemories and departed loved ones.CHOGM being held in Sri Lanka in November suggests that the internationalcommunity, Australia included, is looking the other way and turning a blindeye to the war crimes committed by the government.