Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sri Lanka: it all started, 25 years ago...

It was 25 years ago this week that a minor insurgency in Sri Lanka began to turn into a full-scale civil war.

An attack by Tamil Tiger rebels in the north sparked rioting across the country targeting members of the Tamil minority. The events came to be known as Black July. 

More than 70,000 people have died in the conflict. Now the army says victory is finally in sight. 

In recent weeks the pace of the advance has quickened, but the Tigers deny they are facing defeat. 

The army is recruiting hard, especially from rural areas. 

Not long ago the Defence Ministry sent out a text message to mobile phones nationwide. 

"Young Patriots," it read. "Come join with our armed forces and be a part of a winning team." More...

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