During Sri Lanka’s vicious 30-year civil war, tens of thousands of men and boys, most of them Tamil, vanished. Most of The Disappeared were abducted near army encampments during regular round ups in villages. Most have never been found.
A decade after hostilities officially ended, thousands of families are still waiting for news of their loved ones. Many hold the Sri Lankan Army, in particular its special forces, responsible, and have held regular protests, demanding answers from the Sri Lankan government.
The void left behind by The Disappeared in Sri Lanka is palpable. A lack of information and the steadfast refusal of the Sri Lankan government to investigate the disappearances has scarred an already shattered Tamil community and put on permanent hold any chance of reconciliation.