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Focus on tsunami overlooks Sri Lanka's war refugees

The 90,000 people displaced by civil war have received a slower response, threatening to deepen ethnic grievances.
By Sunil Jagtiani - Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

VAVUNIYA, SRI LANKA -- Kandya Parwathy and her family live in abject poverty and discomfort in a sprawling camp in northern Sri Lanka. They are refugees, not from the tsunami 12 months back, but from battles years ago in the island's civil war.

"We want to leave this place as quickly as possible," says Mrs. Parwathy, gesturing at the small room