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A bad peace

Will Sri Lanka’s failure to account for past bloodshed fuel new conflict?

By Meera Selva   February 2013

Tamil Tigers, northern Sri Lanka, 2002 (© Reuters)

As I enter Jaffna, the cement dust makes me cough. The city at the northern tip of Sri Lanka, cultural heartland of the Tamil minority, is being rebuilt after 30 years of war.

The city’s houses were beautiful, once. There used to be stone elephants on the pillars of gates, delicate latticework shutters, perhaps a dancing Krishna painted on the front wall. The poorer homes had roofs thatched with palm leaves and verandas in the shade of fruit trees. The new…

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