COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: 10 February 2011
Ponaya Mutulingam's story is painfully
similar to many others' in the North and East of Sri Lanka. He is 41 years
old, his wife 39, and they live with their five children in the Eastern
District of Batticaloa. Ponaya works as a daily labourer on wealthier farmers'
rice paddy lands, and Peranjodi, his wife, runs a small shop. This year
they also used their savings, jewelry, to purchase seed and plant one and
a half acres of rice paddy. Peranjodi's shop generates an income when there