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Conflict in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka gained independence from British rule in 1948. There are two ethnic groups in Sri Lanka - the Tamils and the Singhalese.

The new government was controlled by the Singhalese. This upset the Tamils. The Tamils felt they were being ignored. In 1983, a group called the Tamil Tigers killed 13 government soldiers. This started a 20-year war between Tamils and the government.

During the war many people had to flee their homes. About 65,000 people died in the fighting.

In Sri Lanka today the two groups have signed an agreement not to fight. But there is still some fighting happening. People are starting to return to their villages.

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