Time Magazine Online in a recent special report states that judging by the death toll the Sri Lankan conflict is deadlier than the war in Afghanistan in the year 2008.
In its special Top 10 Underreported News Stories of 2008 , Time reports following the Sri Lankan government pulling out from the 2002 ceasefire in January this year, the war has claimed more lives than the US-led war in Afghanistan during the same period.
The watchdog organization iCasualties.org puts the number of Afghan fatalities for this year at 283, more than half of it being US troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Time states the conflict in Sri Lanka has raged largely under the radar, because the Government has banned from the war zone foreign journalists as well as most aid groups .
The number of displaced due to the conflict stands at more than double of that in war torn Afghanistan, according to International Displaced Monitoring Centre (IDMC). According to estimates by IDMC, Sri Lanka has over half a million internally displaced people, compared to 200,000 in Afghanistan following the US invasion.