4,685 former LTTE cadres rehabilitated

Last Updated: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 21:05

Colombo: A total of 4,685 former LTTE
combatants have been rehabilitated and reintegrated into the
Sri Lankan society since the defeat of the Tigers in May last
year, a senior military official said today.

"We have handed over 4,685 ex-combatants to their
parents after rehabilitation. Six thousand more are to be
rehabilitated," Commissioner General of rehabilitation
Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe said.

The latest batch of 498, more than a half of them
women, were released in the northern town of Vavuniya on
Friday. The released former rebels have gone through
vocational and English language training.

The private sector firms have shown interest to
recruit them -- mostly in the apparel export sector, the
official website said.

Sri Lankan security forces defeated the rebels and in
May 2009 and officially announced the victory of the security
forces over the LTTE after the death of LTTE supremo
Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Since then Government detained thousands of
ex-combatants inclusive of child soldiers and took measures to
rehabilitate them.

Several hundreds of child soldiers were given the
opportunity to complete their secondary education, the
official website said.

In August, around 500 such students sat for the GCE
advanced level examination and later were handed over to their
parents.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 21:05

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