Inside Camps, Outside Battlefields: Security and Survival for Tamil Women
Abstract:In May of 2009, images of displaced Tamil people trapped behind the barbed wire of internment camps flashed across the world. “Everybody wanted to get out of those camps, but they were too scared to discuss their rights”, one priest recalls. The Government of Sri Lanka had just declared a military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (ltte), an insurgent group that waged a thirty-year war for a separate state for ethnic Tamils living among other minorities and the Sinhalese majority on the island. On the front lines of this resistance movement, Tamil women were in constant motion. Displaced, resettled, and recruited, these women are part of a growing number of female combatants in rebel groups whose experiences, motivations, and politics continue to complicate our understandings of warfare.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2013
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