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About this Website

It was one of the bloodiest conflicts so far this century but few have even heard of it. This website tells the story of what happened in northern Sri Lanka in the first five months in 2009, mapping testimony from survivors against amateur videos, photos and news reports.

In a tiny spit of beach, hundreds of thousands of terrified Tamil civilians lived for months in sandy trenches, under heavy fire. The hospitals ran out of medicine and even bandages, amputating limbs without anaesthetic.

A UN inquiry later found evidence by both the Sri Lankan military and the Tigers of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It said up to 40,000 civilian deaths in were possible. But today nobody has any idea how many thousands died – estimates vary from 7,000 to 147,000.