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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 05.45 GMT
Worst seems to be over and life has changed so much Kilinochchi resident


The worst seems to be over. "It is hard to believe it has been three years, life has changed so much. During the war, our sole focus was how we were going to survive the next day or the next hour," said Nishanthan, an orphan in Kilinochchi.

Nishanthan grew up in a foster-care home and was forced to postpone his university entrance exam in August 2009 by heavy fighting. At the age of 19 he fled to his home village, returning to Kilinochchi in 2010 where he has since resumed his studies, IRIN reported.

Life is slowly returning to normal in North, but jobs and housing are the prevailing concerns of returnees, IRIN said.

Most of the estimated 448,000 people displaced before or during the conflict have returned to the Northern Province, according to the latest figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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