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The first photographs I took as a professional photographer were of the Sri Lankan civil war, in 1987. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were fighting the Sinhalese majority government for a Tamil homeland in the north and east of the country. A second front opened at the same time when a Marxist political party, the JVP, took up arms against the government. The civil war between the government and the LTTE was fought largely as conventional military conflict when compared with the JVP insurgency which was more of a guerrilla campaign, with targeted killings of government officials and their families, followed by arrests and extra-judicial killings by the security services.
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LTTE militant with hand grenades, Jaffna, 1987
LTTE militant with hand grenades, Jaffna, 1987
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Militant funeral, Jaffna, 1989
Militant funeral, Jaffna, 1989
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Sri Lankan Army casualties, 1987
Sri Lankan Army casualties, 1987
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Female LTTE fighters with schoolgirl, Jaffna, 1989
Female LTTE fighters with schoolgirl, Jaffna, 1989
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LTTE fighter, Jaffna, 1987
LTTE fighter, Jaffna, 1987
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Maimed child, Jaffna, 1987
Maimed child, Jaffna, 1987
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LTTE militant throwing hand grenade into police station, Batticaloa, 1990
LTTE militant throwing hand grenade into police station, Batticaloa, 1990
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Detained JVP suspect, Matara, 1989
Detained JVP suspect, Matara, 1989
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