SRI LANKA: Bicycle lifeline for returnees

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Une famille de réfugiés tamouls sur un vélo – 1999 © AFP PHOTO/Sena Vidanagama

Some 40,000 bicycles abandoned in Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war have been distributed for free to returnees in the north, say government officials.

We knew the bicycles were going to play a vital role. This was one of the first things we did when people started to return to their villages,” Rupavthi Keetheswaran, the government agent for Kilinochchi District, told IRIN

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