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Sri Lankan Muslims returning home

The end of the civil war in Sri Lanka last year has given hope to thousands of Muslims exiled from the north of the country by the Tamils.

In October 1990, the Tamil Tigers accused the Muslim minority of collaborating with the mainly Sinhalese government and expelled them from the region.

Some were given only hours to leave, but 20 years on many are taking the time to plan a return to their old home towns.

Charles Haviland reports from Mannar, in north-west Sri Lanka.