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Sri Lanka’s Tamils turn to smugglers to flee conflict

Maduraweeran Kantharajah was so desperate to flee conflict between Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil Tiger rebels he sold his furniture and wife’s jewelry to pay smugglers to sail his family to India. Two miles out to sea the Tamil grocer thought he was home free. But like 200 others now housed in a school-turned-camp at the island’s northwestern tip, he was caught by Sri Lanka’s Navy. His dream shattered, Kantharajah must now find another way to escape as Sri Lanka seems once more on the brink of civil war. Full Story

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