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In pictures: Sri Lanka's tea estates

The tea estates in central Sri Lanka are still a vibrant industry, providing valuable foreign exchange revenue and a source of livelihood for more than one million Indian-origin Tamils, who were brought in by the British in the 19th century.

But the estate workers have lived mostly in miserable conditions for decades.

Their living standards have now improved somewhat, with a number of new houses built in recent years.

Words and photos by the BBC's Ethirajan Anbarasan

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