Fighting in Sri Lanka is intensifying. The Tamil Tiger rebels have stepped up attacks on government facilities and the military is responding in kind. The result is an escalation of violence that continues to exact a horrifying toll on civilians. This often forgotten conflict shows no sign of exhausting itself. Tamil separatists have waged a bloody war for an independent homeland in the north in Sri Lanka since 1983.

The death toll from the quarter century of violence now exceeds 70,000. There were hopes that the two sides might be moving toward a settlement a few years ago, but those hopes have been extinguished. Fighting resumed in earnest last year and it is estimated that more than 5,000 lives have been lost since then.

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