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    Marina Doris, Country Representative, about our work in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka

The longest running war in South Asia has come to an end. A war that affected all children in Sri Lanka.


Sri Lanka is undergoing a process of recovery and transition following the bitter 26-year civil war between government forces and armed insurgents that came to an end in 2009. Significant steps towards constitutional reform were taken during 2016. A new constitution is being drafted to help promote national reconciliation efforts and is scheduled to be put to a referendum.

Sri Lanka is reaping the benefits of this increasing stability but problems still remain. Vital infrastructure assets such as schools and roads are still damaged in the east and north of the country. Natural disasters - most recently the extensive floods of 2016 - have caused further delays to the process of physical reconstruction of the country.

The legacy of the conflict continues to have a significant effect on children growing up in Sri Lanka. Child protection structures are underdeveloped and many children are engaged in child labour or serve as heads of households. Child marriage is another significant issue.

What we do

War Child Holland supports local organisations in Sri Lanka to provide education and psychosocial support for children affected by the armed conflict. We also work with local government and community-based authorities to develop and strengthen community systems that serve to support children. These partnerships help to protect children and young people from abuse, violence and sexual exploitation.