The scars of war have become begun to blur against the arid landscape in Northern Sri Lanka.

The palmyrah trees still stand proud, now reminders of the many battles that have been endured in the region.

But although the fighting is over, this is still a danger zone. A legacy of more than 20 years of war was a million mines – posing a constant threat of death and injury.

For many residents of the Jaffna peninsular it was a threat they would inevitably encounter as they moved from place to place to flee the fighting.

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Crossing Fires

Young Asia Television

Produced in 2005-2006, this 13 Part documentary series, Crossing Fires explores the multiple experiences and perspectives of women in conflict and post-conflict situations and assesses their participation in peace building and post-conflict reform. It…


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Produced in 2005-2006, this 13 Part documentary series, Crossing Fires explores the multiple experiences and perspectives of women in conflict and post-conflict situations and assesses their participation in peace building and post-conflict reform. It goes beyond the conventional images of women as victims of war and looks at the many different ways in which women interact with both war and peace - how it has changed their lives and affected their future.

A majority of the civilian victims of war are women. They are also the majority of refugees and IDPs. They are vulnerable to sexual violence. They are breadwinners and economic agents. They are part of the military rank and file. They are entrepreneurs, ex combatants, land mine survivors, peace builders, community leaders. These are the women that feature in this series of 13 x 25 minute programmes, to be broadcast in Sri Lanka from December 2005 - February 2006.

Crossing Fires was produced with support from DANIDA in Sri Lanka and has been broadcast on TV in Sri Lanka.

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