My uncle jumped a boat, it took him to Iran
What started as a life now it got him banned
So I came in a hurry, not a white van
Here M.I.A. describes something that has become a common occurrence across Sri Lanka, especially since the end of the civil war in 2009.
For years, many Tamil and Muslim minority families have told stories of the enforced disappearances of their family members. The typical story describes unmarked white vans carrying government officials that abduct individuals — simply taking them away, never to be seen again. As one man describes:
You won’t die, you won’t live. You just disappear
Channel 4 News in the U.K. has been paramount in researching, reporting, and advocating for the numerous human rights violations that continue to occur in Sri Lanka. Very recently, on November 14th 2013, they aired this documentary to draw attention to the situation in SL.
According to this documentary, human right activists claim that someone is abducted every 5 days in Sri Lanka.
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