News1st’s Gammedda reaches out to Vavuniya and Southern Province

News1st’s Gammedda reaches out to Vavuniya and Southern Province

News1st’s Gammedda reaches out to Vavuniya and Southern Province

Written by Lahiru Fernando

07 Mar, 2016 | 9:30 pm

News 1st Gammedda – an unprecedented national public service door-to-door campaign continued into its 13th day on Monday March 7.

Our teams touring the heart of rural Sri Lanka, witnessed and experienced first hand, the problems plaguing some of the most vulnerable sections of the populace.

The News 1st team covering the Vavuniya District visited the village of Vinnagamputti on Sunday, where all that is left are the ruins of a settlement.

According to first residents, they fled the area during the terror of 1983. The team then visited several villages in the Vavuniya District, including the settlement at Menik Farm, where about 800 families displaced during the war ,currently live.

According to News 1st’s Sonali Wanigabaduge, 90% of the women at Menik Farm are unemployed, and enter into married life almost immediately upon reaching puberty, causing them to live in dire economic circumstances.

The second News 1st Gammedda team in the Southern Province, toured the Matara district on Sunday. They commenced their journey at the Chethiyakandararama Viharaya in Bengamuwa and were presented with a myriad of issues faced by the people there from the outset of their journey.

Our team visited several estate settlements in Beravaraliya and Seetha Eliya, where the people’s woes included the disconnected electricity supply, which was provided only a few years ago.

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