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Untitled-4TEXT & PICS BY ROMESH MADUSHANKA, VANNI A number of border villages along the A-9 Road, which survived the war, have been left to fend for themselves with no facilities provided to them in comparison with provisions to villages in the area. The villages, of Sema Madu, Ilayamarandan Kulam, Maligai, Parasankulam and Vinayagapuram are close to Omanthai, East of Kabethigollawa. The villagers who returned to the area had not been provided with the same facilities as other villages in the North, which had resulted in the complete crumble of the economic conditions of its residents. Joseph Justin a villager from Ilayamaradan, lamented that they were forced to live a life between the devil and the deep sea.

“Peace has dawned and the fires of the war have been extinguished, but we are facing burning issues at home, which only worsen daily,” he said. They claimed that they still lived in makeshift homes even after five years of resettlement. Permanent houses had been given to many displaced people in many parts of the North, but these villagers were yet to receive them. V. Margaret a villager in Sema Madu complained that they had no permanent houses to live, no church to attend and no school to educate their children, no electricity, no proper roads and transport.

“It appears that we are a set of neglected people. We are puzzled by the attitude of the authorities. No one seems to have received the benefits of state employment and all earn their living by doing manual work or by tapping Palmyra trees and selling the toddy,” Margaret said. They feared that with the coming rainy seasons they would not be able to do any work. Expressing his views the Vavuniya Government Agent M.B. Pushpakumara said that under the 65,000 Housing Project those who were without houses would be provided permanent houses and collection of data for that purpose was now in progress, and he believed that before long houses would be provided to the re-settlers