your home was suddenly gone.
your young child recruited as a soldier.
your spouse killed in front of your eyes.
your remaining relatives, and you, forced to travel to displacement camps with only the clothes on your back.
your throat dry for lack of clean water.
your overcrowded tent flooded with rain.
your body wracked with diseases— and no medicine available.
this was the reality for many tamils in sri lanka, in the aftermath of this country’s 26-year-long civil war. over 280,000 experienced the physical and psychological trauma of these camps. although most have been released from the camps, these tamils still must deal with the psychological and physical devastation of their pasts. they face hardship in their new communities. what do they need in order to rebuild?