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In War's Aftermath, Tamils Are Haunted By Hope For Relatives' Return

Photographer Amrita Chandradas' project focused on the family members of Sri Lankan Tamils who have gone missing, examining the unanswered questions of a country's conflict.
Kuneswary looked in every camp for her son. He was the sole breadwinner of the house, working as a fisherman. Source: Amrita Chandradas

In the past 30 years, some 60,000 to 100,000 Sri Lankans have disappeared, Amnesty International reports. Ethnic and religious tensions have always been a part of Sri Lanka's history, which includes a decades-long war between government security forces and Tamil Tiger separatists that ended in 2009.

Photographer Amrita Chandradas, an Indian Tamil who was born and raised in Singapore, traveled to Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and nearby Neduntheevu island (also called Delft Island) to document disappearances among Sri Lankan Tamils.

She interviewed and photographed 12 families who hope for the return of their disappeared relatives, and her intimate, respectful and close approach illuminates what

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