Sri Lanka

APHUG 1st Period

Questions+Answers

What lies at the root of this conflict?

What lies at the root of the conflict is the Sri Lankan Civil War which was the continuous political rancor between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils. Before and during early part of the colonial rule by Europeans, Sri Lanka was under the rule of three separate kingdoms. During the colonial rule by Portuguese and then the Dutch, the three sovereign states were ruled as separate entities. The final British colonial rule merged the entire island into a single administrative entity.

What form does this conflict take (i.e., tension, discrimination, open violence)?

The form of the Sri Lankan Civil War is open violence due to suicide bombing and civilian attacks. Also wars occurred such as the Eelam War I,II,III, and IV. The Eelam War was the initial phase of the armed conflict between the government of Sri Lanka and he LTTE.

What is the spatial extent of the conflict?

This conflict is only pertained to Sri Lanka and no outside countries. It has spread throughout Sri Lanka and will remain in Sri Lanka. The cause of the civil war was from many British colonial rules.

How long has there been tension or conflict?

The Sri Lankan Civil War has been there for almost 26 years. It started in 1983 and ended in 2009.

In what ways has this conflict been manifested?

The Sri Lankan civil war has been manifested in the United States through media such as TV, radios, news articles, as well as witnesses relating stories of massacres. The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka stated that he would get Tamils out of the rebellion in Sri Lanka.

How many people have been affected? In what ways?

18 million tamils in Sri Lanka and many more Tamils around the world were affected by this Civil War, such as some Tamils were mugged by Sinhalese in different countries and some Tamils have murdered Sinhalese in other countries. Those 18 million Tamils as well as the whole of Sri Lanka has been affected by heavy fighting.
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