42,000 Sri Lankan Tamil IDPs Return home. More to follow .
Exactly six months after the deletion of terrorist organization LTTE and it's entire leadership by Sri Lankan security forces that marked the end of 30 years of armed conflict in Sri Lanka, approximately 42,000 Tamils who were displaced internally and were living in welfare camps were sent to their homes.
As an assistance to rebuild their homes and lives, each IDP family were given SL Rupees 5000 as a financial assistance.
Sri Lankan Government who came out as the first in the world history to root out terrorism from their soil were under tremendous international pressure - from human right organizations and Western Countries in which a sizeable population of Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora live - to resettle the IDPs to their homes.
Nearly 42,000 ethnic Tamils displaced by the war against LTTE were sent to their homes in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka today as the government hailed India for its assistance in the resettlement process.
Speaking at a function in Mannar, senior Presidential Advisor and Chief of the task force on development of North, Basil Rajapaksa, expressed gratitude to the Indian government and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for their support in resettling the internally displaced persons (IDPs).
A senior official said another 30,000-35,000 displaced people are expected to be resettled in two weeks' time.
A total of 41,685 IDPs were being resettled in Vavuniya, Mannar, Mullaittivu and Killinochi. As many as 12,095 families were being resettled - 2,583 in Vavuniya, 2,644 in Mannar, 4,415 in Mullativu and 2,453 families in Killinochi.