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Forced migration

12/02/2010 | Panos London

Overview Since the end of the Cold War, forced migration has been a phenomenon largely affecting developing countries. By the end of 2008, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) reported that globally there were 15.2 million refugees and 26 million internally displaced people (IDPs). The sheer magnitude of the numbers of refugees and…

From soldier to civilian: the challenge of reintegration

09/21/2010 | Panos London

Overview Armed conflict is an all too familiar theme for journalists in many parts of Africa and Asia. But what happens when the fighting stops? Do people just put down their guns and go home? Do they even have homes to go to? And how will they make a living and support their families? The…

Government inaction worsens plight of Sri Lankan child fighters

10/02/2006 | Tharuka Dissanaike

At the age of 15 Ramya was kidnapped by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to fight in the violent separatist war against the Sinhala-majority government.

Sale or sell out? Sri Lanka’s farmers and land reform

03/27/2006 | Tharuka Dissanaike

Although small farmers in Sri Lanka have been granted free land for over 70 years, they are forbidden from selling it. Now the government is considering opening up the land market.

Child soldiers go back to school

09/27/2004 | Panos London

What happens to child soldiers if they manage to regain their freedom? Gina Wilkinson spoke to young people in Sri Lanka who are trying to resume their education.

Have a baby in Sri Lanka and lose your job

03/04/2004 | Tharuka Dissanaike

Overworked, underpaid, casual-contracted, yet unorganised women are the backbone of Sri Lanka's garment industry – a sector that is vital to the country's economy.

Radio suffers as Colombo bosses call the shots

10/22/2003 | Nalaka Gunawardene

The smokescreen of 'community radio' has been used by bureaucrats hand-in-glove with commercial interests to block the evolution of broadcasting in Sri Lanka to the next stage.

Women worth their weight in gold, say Sri Lankan banks

10/01/2002 | Panos London

Banks in Sri Lanka are keen to lay their hands on women's savings. But they are a long way from learning gender sensitivity. In the meantime, pawnshops and moneylenders rule.

No peace plan yet for Sri Lankan women

05/01/2002 | Panos London

It seems that the 20-year civil war in Sri Lanka is over. But a much older war continues, with almost 50,000 cases of domestic violence reported each year.

Tharuka Dissanaike

01/01/2001 | Anna Egan

Tharuka Dissanaike is a Sri Lankan journalist and former features editor of the Sunday Observer.

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