Fig. 5. Protest of the Families of the Disappeared In Maruthankerny, Jaffna: family members hold up photographs of their loved ones, 2018. Most prominent among the various acts of resistance undertaken by the Tamil community are the protests of the Families of the Disappeared in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Continued for over a thousand days since February 2017, the protesters have gathered in various locations to demand answers from the state about the whereabouts of their loved ones, a number of whom surrendered to the state security forces at the end of the war. Photographs of the protesters, haunting in their wielding of hundreds of photographs of missing family members, have become a visual metonym for the many injustices and grievances that pervade the postwar. Photograph by Vindhya Buthpitiya; PHOTODEMOS: Citizens of Photography: the Camera and the Political Imagination

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