Help bring positive peace to women like Nirangini
Nirangini, 31, grew up in Veravil, a small fishing village in Sri Lanka. The country's civil war forced her to move nearly a dozen times. Now that the war has ended, Nirangini has returned to the childhood village she loves so much and, with Caritas Australia's support, is getting back on her feet.
Nirangini remembers her childhood fondly, growing up in a family of nine siblings during peacetime in Veravil.
From 1983 to 2009 a civil war affected Sri Lanka. When the conflict impacted Veravil, the entire community was forced to leave. Nirangini, her 67-year-old mother and her son, who was seven-years-old at the time, were constantly on the move with no permanent home.
During those years, poverty and the trauma of constantly being on the move took a toll. There was little food or water and Nirangini’s son became undernourished.
In December 2009, in the hope that a familiar environment would offer a safe setting for her son, Nirangini and her family moved back to her childhood village. In Veravil, a Caritas Sri Lanka program, Program for Resettlement of War Affected Internally Displaced Peoples, supported by Caritas Australia, was assisting families to resettle. In March 2012, the Caritas program supported Nirangini to build her own permanent home.