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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
01/01/2001 | Anna Egan
Tharuka Dissanaike is a Sri Lankan journalist and former features editor of the Sunday Observer.