The Muslims of Mannar were forced to leave in 1990. Most of them were fishermen and farmers. Some of them have changed their traditional job over a period, and doing business to earn a better income.
A large number of people are still living in cadjan huts, where a few of the displaced people have managed to build houses on their own. They have been living in these tiny huts for seventeen years.
There are 650 families-1,700 persons living in Arafa Nagar, which is situated in Nuraichcolai, near Katpity in North-West Sri Lanka.
The refugees are very frustrated, saying that they are a forgotten community. They are left alone to survive.
Friday, March 23, 2007
"I was displaced from Mannar in 1990 along with my family. I have been living in Arafa Nagar since then. I had to leave my own house and belongings. I am living with my daughter now. I work in the agro filed which cultivates onion, chillies, and cabbage. I go to the field and earn Rs.150/= per day, which is not enough to manage myself" says Sabeena Zubair (54)