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Sri Lankans who made failed bids for asylum after the civil war return home, saddled with debt and facing criminal charges

By Amantha Perera
IRIN Contributor

MULLAITTIVU/SRI LANKA, 18 February 2016

Vaithilingam Lingarajan spent the war years plying the seas off the northern coast of Sri Lanka in his small fishing boat. It was only once the conflict ended that he decided to flee the country, making a failed bid for Australia that has left him destitute and facing possible criminal charges.

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