The Straits Times
Published on Nov 18, 2012

Sri Lanka army recruits 100 Tamil women from war zone


COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's military has recruited 100 women soldiers in the biggest single intake of ethnic Tamils from the island's former war zone, a spokesman said on Sunday.

The women, who come from the northern district of Kilinochchi where Tamil Tiger rebels had their political headquarters before they were defeated in 2009, were enlisted on Saturday.

"These women soldiers will be deployed in the same area after completing a four-month training," said Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya. "There are no former Tiger combatants among the new recruits." He said the Sri Lankan army already had nearly 4,000 women soldiers.

"We have not discriminated on ethnic lines in recruitment, but we focused the enlisting in Kilinochchi where we have set up a training camp and the local population there is Tamil," Brigadier Wanigasooriya said.