Three years since the end of the war, these women are homeless, jobless or without any kind of assistance. Many have lost children, killed by Tamil rebels. Some complain that they are discriminated based on their religion.
"We live miserable lives, without a home, work or someone to take care of us. We have been abandoned," some war widows say. They are originally from the Eastern Province, the part of the country most affected by the war. They are all Muslim, from the villages of Kottukkal, Hijra Nagar, Kalapukattu and Sengamam. They fled their homes in 1990 and have not been able to go back. "We need a place to stay, even if it is not where we came from," they say. "We cannot continue to burden our children. We have had enough."