There are thousands of Tamils widows in the north of Sri Lanka, many of them created by the Civil war, which ended in 2009 after twenty five years.
Many of these women live in camps because the military occupies their land. These women have no way to support themselves other than doing the odd “koolie” job which paid very poorly. Some days they have no food to eat and the children are malnourished.
These widows are vulnerable and are often victims of sexual harassment and abuse. They call themselves the “forgotten” people. They live in despair with little hope for any change in their future.
Read how deserted women are fighting back in this excellent article by National Geographic.