Alarge military truck slowly rolls up to the small emergency unit in Mullaitivu, a remote town on the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka. In the back of the truck are two bodies. A young man and woman still entwined. Tied to each other with muddied strips of saree cotton, once vibrant and colourful. A double suicide pact outlined in a simple letter in the hands of the farmer who stumbled across their bodies in a jungle clearing. An illegal marriage across castes, an unborn child, chronic pain from shelling injuries sustained over decades of civil war. Deaths of loved ones, dire job prospects and the vision of life ahead lived in abject poverty have proved too much for the young couple.
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