Many women fought for the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka's 26-year war. Critical gaps in education, psychological problems, and physical injuries make job opportunities tough to come by.
Relieved to be out of the fighting, they also chafe at strict rules and often grim conditions.
The Army has squeezed the rebels into a small patch of jungle since seizing their last major stronghold Sunday. But they could still mount a messy counterinsurgency.
The Army seized another key town, Pallai, Thursday, and has squeezed the rebels from north and south.