Examine the impact of the Sri Lankan civil war on its citizens.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The original question had to be edited.  The Civil War has profoundly impacted the citizens of Sri Lanka.  The Liberation Tamils of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have done much in way of suicide bombings. The use of these techniques have dramatically impacted civilian life.  Sometimes, civilians have been the intended targets of such bombings.  At the same time, the LTTE has responded by striking at civilians to create a sense of chaos amongst the Sinhalese majority.  Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon noted as much:  “[There has been a] reckless disrespect shown by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the safety of civilians has led to thousands of people remaining trapped in the area.” 

This trend has been seen throughout the Sri Lankan Civil War.  Estimates of civilian deaths vary, but they have been placed as high as 40,000 civilians killed in the final five months of the Civil War.  Such a reality reflects how civilian life was profoundly impacted by the Sri Lankan Civil War.  With an economic cost of the Civil War placed at over 200 billion USD, it becomes clear that the Sri Lankan Civil War has constituted a major impact on the lives of civilians in the nation.

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