Tamils live in the jungle, on the ground without a roof or a tent over their heads, surrounded by elephants, snakes and other wildlife.

There are 145 families, 285 Tamil Catholics from the village of Mullikulam in Mannar District (Northern Province, Sri Lanka). In theory, these people would be among the first groups of civil war refugees (IDPs – Internally Displaced People) to enjoy the resettlement programs promoted by the government. In practice, for more than 20 years they have not had a home, or jobs to be able to survive.

A group of people – including two Catholic priests, a Buddhist monk and two members of NGOs – visited the community and said they were “shocked” by the conditions in which these people find themselves. “What crime”, said Ven. Buddhiyagama Chandrarathana Thero, “could these people have ever committed, to live like animals?”.

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