"My husband left me for another woman, and
abandoned his family responsibilities towards us. That was 13 years ago when
the LTTE were in control of Kilinochchi. They were really strict over issues
like that - they jailed him and beat him up to make him come back to us - but I
was too proud to have him back under those terms. I didn't want him to be
forced to live with us so I told the LTTE to let him go.
Meanwhile our eldest child was born with disabilities. On top of having to fend
for the family myself, I kept spending money on his medical treatment - because
I kept hoping bigger and better surgery would finally make him alright. I even
took him to Norway.
I come from a well-off family originally. Both my parents were University Lecturers in Jaffna but they divorced while I was still a baby and my mother gave me up to the Sencholai Orphanage. That's where I grew up. Later, my paternal grandparents found me and left me some prime property in Jaffna. I sold this property to take my son to Norway for medical aid. In spite of all my efforts to save him however, he passed away at the age of 9. I have two other children now, but we are left without house or land. I am living in someone else's house now. Without land, I will not get the housing given by the Indian government.
I am very industrious and have worked various different jobs over the years, including demining. Now however, at the age of 40, all the job opportunities have dried up for me, and I am unemployed. I don't know why my life is such a roller coaster of challenges. I sometimes feel like ending it all but I have children to look after. If not for them, I would choose to suicide."
She is currently only barely finding a daily wage to support herself and the two children, by doing small odd jobs. She also stated that there also comes those days that she receives no work and they find it difficult. With an acre of land she stated that the Indian government will provide her with housing and this will also let her create a stable income through grow their own vegetables and subsist on selling it too.
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