Mass Procession in Kilinochchi Marks Seven Years of Agony for Families of Enforced Disappearances

February 20, 2024

Families of victims of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka gathered in Kilinochchi to commemorate seven years of truth-seeking and agony in their quest to uncover the fate of their missing loved ones during the war.

Hundreds of members of the Association for Relatives of the Enforced Disappearances (ARED) from the five branches spanning the Northern and Eastern Provinces are converging in Kilinochchi to voice their grievances and demand justice.

The main procession, scheduled to commence from Kandasamy Kovil in Kilinochchi at 9:30 am, will wind its way up to the special monument at Depot Junction, covering a stretch of four kilometers. Widowed mothers, particularly affected by the enforced disappearances, are expected to join the procession, traveling from Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Mannar, and Vavuniya to stand in solidarity with others who share their anguish.

Leaders of Tamil political parties from across the Northern Province have pledged their support to this remembrance, which has been a tradition since its inception on February 20, 2017.