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Tuesday, 18 September 2018
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The United States has funded up to 1,000 former Tamil guerrillas to start their own business in support to reintegrate them back in to the society.

The US embassy in Colombo informed the media that they were giving equipment and supplies to ex-fighters while vocational training was also being made available to help them start small enterprises in the island's east.

In a statement released by the US Embassy it said "The project implementation is by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and funded by The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as an efforts to increase human security and stability in the Eastern Province, “According to IOM, this pilot project initiative which runs for two-years would cost 1.2 million dollars a year.

Rebecca Cohn, USAID Mission Director said “This project will play an important role in helping post-conflict communities return to normalcy by creating opportunities for former fighters to get the training and support they need to start new lives and build secure futures. With this support, these men and women have the chance to change their lives, set new goals, and dream new dreams.”

Over 400 Ex-LTTE carders are been already signed for the assistance from the districts of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara.

Apart from the US project, the Sri Lanka's government is also launching an ambitious rehabilitation program for thousands of rebels who surrendered during the final stages of fighting that ended nearly 37-years of bloodshed.

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