The Sri Lankan army bathed the Jaffna region in blood as it overran the separatist Tamil Tigers in 2009. Its problem now is what to do with the vast territory it forcibly cleared. So the army has decided to fill it with tourists.
It has launched Thalsevana Holiday Resort. Its website proudly proclaims that “functioning under the Security Forces Headquarters” it is the “ideal venue to make your holiday perfect and memorable”.
Soldiers work as tour guides, running local flights and whale watching trips. The publicity doesn’t mention if trips to the sites of mass graves or former concentration camps are on the itinerary.