Scenes from Killinochchi & Vavuniya

Development and infrastructure have now returned to the North. There are new roads that stretch for miles (a highway, even!) and new government buildings. Memorials have been raised to the soldiers lost and bridges are slowly being built– the physical kind and the less tangible kind too. These are helping to bridge the gulf between groups that found themselves at odds during the war and may still be struggling with residual tension. Today,  some scenes from our drive through Killinochchi and Vavuniya and tomorrow a telling of the war widow we met and the impression she left on us.

The sight of deminers from the road
The sight of deminers from the road
War memorial
War memorial
A water tower that the LTTE blew up to keep the opposition from accessing a clean water supply. Unfortunately, this meant that tens of thousands of civilians too would have to go without clean water.
A water tower that the LTTE blew up to keep the opposition from accessing a clean water supply. Unfortunately, this meant that tens of thousands of civilians too would have to go without clean water.
Army tank from the civil war
Army tank from the civil war
Flowers rest on a war memorial
Flowers rest on a war memorial
While destruction from the recent civil war is still visible on the streets of Killinochchi, you can't miss the development that has happened in the area. New roads, new buildings, new houses. It's not perfect but they're getting there...
While destruction from the recent civil war is still visible on the streets of Killinochchi, you can’t miss the development that has happened in the area. New roads, new buildings, new houses. It’s certainly a promising sight.
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