Sri Lanka’s rehabilitated terrorist suspects struggle to find work


The head of Sri Lanka’s government program to rehabilitate terorrism suspects says many of the women released back into their communities are struggling to find work.

In the 12 months following the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, 8,000 people have been given vocational training as part of the government’s rehabilitation program for terrorist suspects.

Many of those have gone back to their communities in the country’s north in the last six months.

However the commissioner general of rehabilitiation, Brigadier General Sudantha Ranasinghe, has told Radio Australia that few of the women have been able to find work near their homes.

Most were trained in jobs in the garment industry, which is centred in the capital, Colombo.

The commissioner general has appealed to international donors and other organisations to set up income generating projects in the country’s north to help solve the problem.