The aftermath of Sri Lanka's armed conflict
Photo: Jeppe Schilder
Sri Lanka’s bitter 26-year civil war finally came to an end in 2009 - but children and youth across the country still experience its negative effects.
Many schools remain in disrepair - denying children in the Northern and Eastern provinces of the country the opportunity to shape their own future.
War Child operates a number of children’s clubs in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka to address the exclusion of children and youth. Activities are designed to support young people who have directly experienced armed conflict - and enable them to build up their confidence and self-esteem.
Youth club member Puvidran (18): “In our village in the Valaichena region we have many problems. Early marriage and drug abuse are common. Everyone - from young children to people aged 50 - smokes cigarettes. Children also consume alcohol.”
“The youth club would visit villages and stage plays at public places where people gather in large numbers. I decided to join the club myself. I thought if I could explain the problems in my village to the other members of the club they would stage a drama in our village as well. I joined the youth club to make some changes in my village."