Around 6,170 war widows have been registered as sole breadwinners of their families from among those seeking livelihood assistance in the Kilinochchi District. Government Agent (GA) of Kilinochchi, Rupavathy Ketheeswaran, making a startling revelation, outlined the problems faced by the war widows and their families at a seminar titled ‘Economic and Social Uplift: Rights of Women and Children’ held in Kilinochchi on Thursday (16).
Addressing the gathering, she highlighted the plight of the war victims and their families, most of who were young war widows from Kilinochchi, having lost their spouses either because of the war or due to lack of medical facilities for illnesses or injuries sustained during the time of the conflict.
“The war widows are in a pathetic situation as they have to support not only their children but their immediate family members, who are their dependents. They struggle to meet the basic needs of their families such as feeding and educating their children, as well as looking after other family members.
We have to first ensure the bread winners are stabilized so that they can support others who depend on them.
Therefore extensive livelihood programmes should be launched to support and enhance the lives of the war widows and their families,” the GA said.
Detailing the measures she has taken to keep a track on the war widows in order to support them, the GA said she has appointed several officials to explore the possibilities of enhancing the livelihoods of war widows and also to create awareness among the public of the difficulties they undergo.