Tamil civilians who fled the country in fear of tiger terrorists return home.
Selliah Arumugam also with his wife and four children lived in his native village Pannavettuwam, at Madhu Road in Mannar. However, due to continued terrorists attack on his village he fled to Tamil Nadu from Mannar with his family in a boat about five years ago, that is on 26th August 2006. Not only Selliah, but the tiger terrorists displaced hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians. At the time tiger terrorism was totally wiped out from Sri Lanka, Selliah’s family lived in a temporary Refugee Camp at Shivagandana in Tamil Nadu. Selliah may have thought that it was more appropriate to return to his native land than seek refugee in a Temporary Camp, when his motherland was totally liberated from terrorism and peace enthroned. Accordingly he arrived in the island with his family. Another 49 Tamil civilians, who fled the country in fear of the tigers along with Selliah reached the island with the intention of resettling in their villages. UNHCR Resident Representative to Sri Lanka Michael Swak also joined in welcoming the return of the refugees at the Katunayake International Airport.