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Selling kidneys to repay

Published : Wednesday, 12 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 180

COLOMBO, Sept 11: Sri Lankan war widows and women in former conflict zones are being forced to sell their kidneys to pay loan sharks. A UN expert said that debt collectors were also demanding sexual favours. Sri Lanka is home to tens of thousands of war widows nine years after the 37-year civil conflict ended, many of them forced to use small "microfinance" loans to survive. The government waived debts for 200,000 women who were unable to repay loans and capped lending rates at 30 percent. Total outstanding microfinance loans amount to about 9 billion rupees ($56.25 million).    -AFP



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