Sri Lankan camp detainees freed

Sri Lankan camp detainees freed 2/12/09;

Thousands of Sri Lankans held in state-run camps since the end of the country’s separatist conflict in May have been released. About 128,000 men, women and children were granted freedom to leave the heavily guarded camps in Vavuniya district, 260 kilometres north of Colombo. A Government spokesman said that the detainees were unlikely to be able to return home immediately and would probably remain in the camps for now. Officials say they will not receive state assistance for their journeys home.

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