Tamil Tiger rebels have fought the Sri Lankan government for more than 20 years. The Tigers want a separate state in the Tamil-dominated northeast of the island.
Like many civil wars the rebels have used child soldiers to swell their ranks. But what happens when these young people make it back to civilian life?
Gina Wilkinson travelled to eastern Sri Lanka to meet former child recruits trying to recover their years of lost schooling.
[The names of the children have been changed.]