The village of Valipunam, 322 km north of Colombo, Sri
Lanka's capital, is located in one of the remotest corners of the former war
zone of the country: the dirt roads are impossible to cross, there is no
lighting, and telephone connections are fragmentary. Since everyone is afraid
to live alone in their homes, the situation is particularly serious for
households headed by single mothers. According to humanitarian agencies present
in the region, in the northern
province of the war-torn country, there are between
40 and 45,000 female heads of households that are struggling to survive.
According to data gathered by the Durable Solutions Promotion Group, a
coalition of international organizations and agencies of volunteers, the
children of these women are the most vulnerable to sexual abuse. Some of these
families are able to continue on through humanitarian aid, but there are
thousands that have collapsed after not receiving any kind of assistance.