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Sri Lanka scribbled after a bloody civil war right thanks to tourism
In 2009, in the paradise of Sri Lanka to put an end to a long civil war. Since then, knew the country to re-develop into a major tourist attraction. At that heyday came in today - due on easter Sunday - a bloody end.

The teardrop shaped island of Sri Lanka until 1948 was a British colony, is a melting pot of different religions and cultures. The vast majority of the (Sinhalese) population (approximately 70 per cent) is buddhist. About 7 percent is hindu, these are mainly Tamils. About 7 percent is muslim, and also about 7 percent is christian (mainly catholic).

The island with 22 million inhabitants, gold previous century, though a period as a paradise on earth. In 1983 the Tamil Tigers take up arms in their pursuit of an independent state of Tamil Ealam. A bloody civil war followed in which 70,000 people died and 100,000 people from their homes were driven out. An estimated 20,000 people are still missing. The war lasted until 2009 with a series of violent actions of the army.

No bombings more

bomb attacks in the recent history of Sri Lanka not more. The last years began to Sri Lanka becoming an increasingly popular destination for western tourists. A lot of people discovered the beautiful beaches, temples, wildlife reserves and endless tea plantations. Many ancient monuments were restored, and there is invested in hotels. Tourism was an important source of income.

Still, the tensions have not completely disappeared, such as that between buddhists and muslims. “Since the end of the war, mention is made of tensions between the buddhist majority and the minorities, mainly christians and muslims,” said VRT-correspondent Aletta André this morning. Last year was in march the state of emergency for ten days declared after clashes between buddhists and muslims. Some radical buddhist groups were muslims, accused at forcing people to convert to islam, and buddhist archaeological sites to destroy.

Warning

Now, it seems that foreign and christian targets endorsed were. According to the French news agency AFP, would the police ten days earlier a warning is given that the islamic terrorist organisation National Thowheetj Jama'ath (NTJ) suicide attacks would be planning against prominent christian churches. The NTJ was last year's reputation after the six Buddha statues had been destroyed.

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