Menik Farm camp in northern Sri Lanka still houses some 240,000 Tamils displaced by war. The government says just over 20,000 have been allowed to leave. Others are being vetted for security reasons. (Photos: Charles Haviland)
Families live two or three to a tent. There are fears the dwellings may be damaged in the monsoon but the authorities say drainage systems will prevent that.
Children under 10 are allowed to leave Menik Farm but their parents and older children are not.
Some extended families live together; others have found themselves separated from their close ones.
This sick man has gone from one medical facility to another. His wife says there is no room for everyone to sleep in the tent, so she has rigged up an improvised shelter for him outside.
Water is rationed and people told the BBC there is not enough for drinking, let alone bathing. The government says it is doing its best given the massive influx.
Northern Sri Lanka has many landmines which the government says must be cleared before most people can go home. De-mining is being stepped up.
While security screening continues, the vast majority of the camp-dwellers are still stuck inside, unable to work and with almost nothing to do.
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