What lies at the root of the conflict?
The Sinhalese A.K.A the Indo-Aryan emigrated from Indian in the 5th century and is the largest ethnic group currently in Sri Lanka. The 2nd largest ethnic group, the Tamils emigrated from the tamil region of India to Sri Lanka between 3rd and 1200 A.D. Until colonial powers controlled Ceylon (Sri Lanka's name until 1972), Both ethnicity's group leaders fought for dominance over the land. The Tamil hindus claimed the northern part of the island and the Sinhalese Buddhists claimed the south.
S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike became prime minister in 1956 and championed Sinhalese nationalism, making Sinhala the country's only official language and including state support of Buddhism, further marginalizing the Tamil minority. He was assassinated in 1959 by a Buddhist monk. The name Ceylon changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. The Tamil minority's mounting resentment toward the Sinhalese majority's monopoly on political and economic power, exacerbated by cultural and religious differences, erupted in bloody violence in 1983. Tamil rebel groups, the strongest of which were the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or Tamil Tigers, began a civil war to fight for separate nation.
How Many People Were Afffected
What Form Does This Conflict Take?
In What Has This Conflict Manifested?
How Long Has There Been Tension or Conflict
The Sri Lankan War has been going on for 26 years since the death of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike. The Sri Lankar bloody started in the year around 1983 and finally ended in the year of 2009.