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Over 508 ex-LTTE combatants released today

Over 508 ex-LTTE combatants who underwent rehabilitation will be reintegrated to the society in Vavuniya today.

Rehabilitation Commissioner General Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe told the Daily News that 508 rehabilitaters including 333 males and 175 females who successfully completed their training will be handed over to their parents and relations at a ceremony to be held at Pompemadu Rehabilitation Centre in Vavuniya.

Among them, nearly 400 ex-LTTE child combatants who sat the GCE Advanced Level (A/L) examination last August and 17 mothers with their children will be reintegrated into civilian life.

“They underwent vocational training in various fields and were released after successfully completing their programs. When the rehabilitation process started, we gave them the option either to continue with the formal education or follow vocational training,” he said.

Those who underwent rehabilitation were of several categories such as agriculture, carpentry, masonry, driving heavy vehicles and fisheries. Women were trained in sewing, cookery, beauty culture, computers and horticulture.

“We categorized them into several groups and started to rehabilitate them according to their abilities,” he said. They were made aware on both psychical and mental health conditions while conducting drama, singing and yoga programs for their spiritual developments. They have been provided with employment opportunities, while some of them are already employed in the private sector,” he said.

“We want them to lead a normal and peaceful life and secure a dignified job, This would enable them to lead a disciplined life.”

Those who are being released today were abducted and forced to join the LTTE. They will be able to lead a normal life from today ensuring them a better future, he said.

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