Former Tamil Tiger rebels prepare backstage during a rehabilitation official ceremony fashion show in Colombo on March 29. The program to release nearly 400 former combatants to their families. Officials said more than 10,000 ex-combatants have been rehabilitated and released to their families since the war ended in May 2009.
Foreign tourists ride an elephant during a sightseeing tour in the ancient city of Sigiriya on December 2, 2011. The number of foreign tourists visiting Sri Lanka has swelled since the island ended a 37-year separatist conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009. Sri Lanka greeted 53,636 tourist in June 2011, 20 percent more than a year earlier, mainly driven by visitors from India and East Asia.