In Inparuddy, a small fishing village on Sri Lanka’s northern peninsula
of Jaffna, boats returning from a night at sea unload the catch. This area was
among the hardest hit by the protracted conflict that forced fisher families to
abandon their homes and livelihoods for years.
Anandavel is the president of the village fishermens cooperative. When
we returned here after the conflict all our boats were destroyed. We used to have
80 boats with inboard motors. Now we have managed to buy 40 used boats by selling
our wives jewelry, he says