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* Sri Lankan government says some 89,000 war widows in the North and East
Wed, Sep 29, 2010, 08:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Child Development and Women's Affairs Ministry has said that there are thousands of war widows in the North and East.

According to the Ministry, some 89,000 women in North and East have become widows due to the three-decade long armed conflict.

Deputy Child Development and Women's Affairs Minister M.L.A.M Hizbullah has said that there are 49,000 widows in the East while 40,000 in the North.

The Deputy Minister has stated that about 25,000 are from Batticaloa, of which 12,000 are below age 40 and about 8,000 of them have minimum three children, but none of them have any form of income.



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