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Cashing in on the IDPs

August 25, 2009

BBC Sinhala Service : Cashing in on the IDPs
Business in the northern Sri Lankan town of Vavuniya is booming with the arrival of over 300,000 Tamil refugees, say businessmen.

Rohantha Karunadasa, a young businessman in Nedunkulam, Vavuniya, says, all those supplied meals to IDPs saw their profits rapidly increasing. “Having no price control in Menik Farm camp until recently is one reason,” he says…”So everybody made huge profits as the items were sold for prices they imagined. Many people were able to buy new vehicles,” Mr. Karunadasa told BBC Sandeshaya.

Manik Farm camp, Vavuniya

150 contractors are paid Rs. 130 per person to supply daily meals to over 300,000 Tamil displaced people

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