Crossing Fires – A Place called home

A Place called home –
Almost all of Sri Lanka’s displaced people left or were forced to leave their homes at times of heightened activity between Sri Lankan military and LTTE troops. In addition to assaults against each other’s infra structure and personnel, combatants on both sides also engaged in deliberate, large-scale massacres of civilians.

Among those who experienced the heaviest toll in a bloody cycle of attacks and counterattacks were the residents of four villages in the Polonnaruwa District, in north-central Sri Lanka. In October 1992, over 300 people, most of them Muslim civilians, were shot and hacked to death at dawn, by attackers whom witnesses identified as LTTE cadre.

Palliyagodelle was one of the villages where 84 families lost their men. 23 widows eventually moved to a neighboring village – Sungawila.

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