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2005-08-27 20:42:38

By Simon Gardner JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Displaced four times by Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war with the Tamil Tigers, 22-year-old Nirmalashanthi Vijayakanth is ecstatic to finally settle into the first home she can call her own. The ramshackle shelter in the artillery-ravaged northern town of Jaffna has no running water, no electricity and she and her husband sleep on a plastic sheet laid on the hard dirt floor. Their baby, due this month, will have to do the same. But...

2005-08-20 20:27:39

By Simon Gardner JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Buildings lie in ruins, signs warn of landmines, people watch heavily-armed army patrols with suspicion: the scars of war have yet to heal in Sri Lanka's ravaged north and fears it will re-ignite are palpable. Residents can only pray the government and Tamil Tiger rebels can defuse an escalating silent war that has killed dozens of police, soldiers, rebel cadres and now the island's foreign minister since a 2002 truce halted two decades...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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