Armed Conflict Is the Most Serious Consequence of the Conflict in Sri Lanka

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Armed conflict is the most serious consequence of the conflict in Sri Lanka. Do you agree with the statement? Explain your answer.

I agree to a large extent that armed conflict is the most serious consequence of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

Armed conflict is a serious consequence of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka because it has led to the destruction of the society in Sri Lanka by causing an estimated 64,000 deaths since 1956. The violence came in the form of wars and riots, the riots being anti-Tamil riots where numerous Tamils were killed and millions of worth of property was destroyed in the years 1956, 1958, 1971, 1977 and 1983. The war came in the form of the civil war between the Tamil militia group, the LTTE and the Army of Sri Lanka which have battled for control over the Jaffna peninsula. This civil war again caused the loss of many civilians' lives and destruction of property. The violence has disrupted the lives of many in Sri Lanka as they have to face the loss of their relatives as well as their houses and businesses. The armed conflict has also led to the further segregation of the two communities in Sri Lanka as violence worsened their hostilities and the younger generation grew up with greater prejudices of their racial group due to this segregation. Hence, the resultant armed conflict in Sri Lanka has severely harmed the population in Sri Lanka as it caused the deaths of thousands and caused the displacement of many more, furthermore deepening the rift between the Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka. Thus, armed conflict is a serious consequence of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

However, there were other consequences such as the damage to the economy. The ongoing ethnic conflict led to the loss of investments. This loss of foreign investment is evident as Sri Lanka's investment dropped from US$66 million in 1982 to US$39 million in 1983 and further to US$22 million in 1989. As Sri Lanka is still a developing country, this loss of...
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