The Forsaken People: Case Studies of the Internally Displaced

By Roberta Cohen; Francis M. Deng | Go to book overview

CHAPTER NINE
Sri Lanka's Vicious Circle of Displacement

H. L. Seneviratne and Maria Stavropoulou

THIS CHAPTER PRESENTS the paradox of the case of Sri Lanka: the deterioration of the situation of the internally displaced under a government that is ideologically, and to all appearances sincerely, committed to bringing peace and thereby eradicating the root of the problem of internal displacement.

The chapter has three parts. The first part deals with the background to the ethnic conflict that is the cause of displacement and that needs to be resolved in order to achieve a lasting solution. The second, which constitutes the bulk of the empirical material regarding the displaced, is a revised version of Francis Deng's report on his 1993 field visit to Sri Lanka as the representative of the UN secretary-general on internally displaced persons. The third part of the chapter focuses on the state of the displaced under the present regime (elected in 1994), in particular after the resumption of war in late 1995 and the ensuing new displacement of large numbers of people, especially in the northern part of the country.

The authors wish to acknowledge the generous cooperation of the relevant government officials of the Ministry of Welfare, Rehabilitation, and Social Welfare and the Office of the President. Invaluable research assistance was provided by Lalitha Gunawardena.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents xi
  • Acronyms xiii
  • Chapter One - Introduction 1
  • Notes 14
  • Chapter Two - Burundi: A Patchwork of Displacement 15
  • Conclusions 52
  • Notes 54
  • Chapter Three - Rwanda's Internally Displaced: A Conundrum within a Conundrum 57
  • Notes 89
  • Chapter Four - Liberia: A Nation Displaced 97
  • Conclusions 130
  • Epilogue: 1996-98 134
  • Notes 134
  • Chapter Five - The Sudan: Cradle of Displacement 139
  • Notes 170
  • Chapter Six - Dealing with the Displacement and Suffering Caused by Yugoslavia's Wars 175
  • Conclusion 216
  • Chapter Seven - Internal Displacement in the North Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia 232
  • Conclusion 301
  • Notes 304
  • Chapter Eight Turmoil in Tajikistan: Addressing the Crisis of Internal Displacement 313
  • Conclusions 350
  • Notes 353
  • Chapter Nine Sri Lanka's Vicious Circle of Displacement 359
  • Conclusions 393
  • Notes 396
  • Chapter Ten In Search of Hope: The Plight of Displaced Columbians 399
  • Conclusions and Recommendations 433
  • Notes 440
  • Chapter Eleven Will Peru's Displaced Return? 455
  • Conclusions 486
  • Notes 494
  • About the Contributors 500
  • Index 504
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