Sri Lanka’s civil war memories haunt survivors 40 years on-video


August 07, 2023

UCA News

Forty years ago, mobs in Sri Lanka burned 13 people alive, part of a week-long pogrom that turbocharged simmering ethnic unrest into all-out civil war. Known in Sri Lanka as “Black July”, the brutal violence triggered a 26-year conflict that killed about 100,000 people and set development back by decades, ending only after the Tamil rebels fighting for autonomy were massacred in 2009. We look at the witnesses who bore the testimony to the bloody past.