Sri Lankan Civil War

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Civilians being forced to leave their homes because of the fighting. January 2009.

The Sri Lankan Civil War was a war fought in the island of Sri Lanka. It started on 23 July 1983. There was an insurgency against the government by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (also called the Tamil Tigers). They are a separatist militant organisation which fought to create an independent state for Tamil people called Tamil Eelam in the north and the east of the island.

The war lasted for 26 years. The Sri Lankan military defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009.