Written by Staff Writer
14 May, 2015 | 9:47 am
Sixty Five Sri Lankans who sought refuge in South India during the three decade long conflict returned home, on Wednesday the 13th of May.
The Arrival doors at the Bandaranaike International Airport slid open this time not for another group of tourists but to a group of Sri Lankan refugees who returned home, nearly after two decades.
Our reporter at the location said that some of the returnees, amounting to 65, clinged on to their precious possessions when returning to their loved ones, who were ready to welcome them with open arms.
The eight hour long wait of, 62 year old Velusubramanium, was forgotten-as he looked in to the eyes of his grandchildren who came home to a grandfather they have heard much of, but never seen.
Those who returned were optimistic, despite their ordeal and expressed views to the media with aspiration.
The minister in charge D.M. Swaminathanan who was at the airport to welcome the group, said those who returned will be resettled in the North and East.
The UNHRC facilitated the return of the refugees and reiterated that visibility is key to encourage more returnees.
There are many refugees in Southern India, still languishing in camps – Jeyarani a middle aged woman said that she returned to her motherland to spend the next half of her life, while Pushpawathi aged 87 said she came back to spend her last days in her own country.
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