BUREAU OF THE COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF REHABILITATION
"MINISTRY OF PRISON REFORMS,REHABILITATION, RESETTLEMENT AND HINDU RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS"

Ex-LTTE art exhibition

An exhibition of paintings by former militants undergoing rehabilitation would be held on April 25 and 26 at the National Art Gallery in Colombo, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe said yesterday.

“Around 300 paintings by ex-combatants will be displayed at the exhibition and the public will be able to purchase them as well,” he said.

He said that the paintings were selected from a competition among former LTTE cadres in rehabilitation centres under various themes like peace, harmony and their experience at the rehabilitation centre.

Earlier in February handicraft of former LTTE cadres were displayed at the ‘Deyata Kirula’ Exhibition held in Buttala, Monaragala.

Meanwhile another batch of rehabilitated former LTTE cadres would be reintegrated into society this week, Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe said.

However, he noted that the exact number of rehabilitated ex-combatants to be released could not be stated at the moment.

Currently around 4,000 former LTTE cadres are in Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation centres (PARCs) under the Ministry of Rehabilitations and Prison Reforms.

The ex-combatants are given training in masonry, carpentry and other life skills. Earlier there were 24 centres to rehabilitate former LTTE cadres and now it had been reduced to nine centres in Batticaloa, Jaffna and Vavuniya.

(Courtesy -Daily Mirror)