“Neither of their manifestoes states anything about refugees living outside the country. My plight in the Trichy camp is no better than those at the Chettikulam camp in Lanka. How does it affect me if Mahinda or Sirisena wins?”
Manus Island’s detention centre has been described as cruel, inhuman, degrading and violating prohibitions against torture in a detailed report by Amnesty International.
Photographer Vera Markus accompanied Tamil refugee families for two years to document their lives through her camera lense. Her photo project, “In der Heimt ihrer Kinder – Tamilen in der Schweiz” (In their children’s home – Tamils in Switzerland), illustrates the everyday lives of Tamil asylum seekers in Switzerland, who form the largest group of non-European migrants in the country (ca. 40.000 people).