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Voluntary, Safe and Sustainable Return: Support Needed for Sri Lankan Refugees

By Mayuran Jeevarathinam - Wed Aug 09, 1:50 am

Featured image courtesy European Commission/ECHO 

Editor’s Note: A version of this speech was delivered by the author at the UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, held from June 14-16 at the  International Conference Centre in Geneva

 “O our motherland, bid us a farewell

We buried our smiles in our lips

We buried our life in our bodies

We are making a procession like empty skeletons….”

A Tamil Poet on refugees

This was the way many Sri Lankans, including my family and I, felt when we left our homeland to seek asylum in India.

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