India and Sri Lanka's violent fight over fish

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How a maritime border created a conflict in the Indian Ocean.

Fishing is the economic lifeline for villages in northern Sri Lanka. But after a decades long civil war, fishermen returned to find their fish stocks depleted – and they pointed the finger squarely at neighboring India. 

As Indian fishermen developed methods to increase hauls, and crossed a maritime border that was more permeable during the war, they depleted the fish stock for both sides. 

Now, the Sri Lankan Navy is retaliating with force, only making the relationship between the two communities that rely on these waters worse. 

This Vox Borders episode will look at how the drawing of a maritime border and lack of access to fish caused a conflict between two communities that used to live in harmony.

Vox Borders is an international documentary series by Emmy-nominated producer Johnny Harris exploring life at the edge of nations.

💬 Comments on the video

Hey everyone, I hope you liked this third episode of Borders India. Two more to go! BTW the idea for this video came from the locals in India. I asked for story ideas and many of you told me to look into this issue. So thank you to everyone who suggested it! I would have never stumbled upon this otherwise.
See you next week!

Author — Johnny Harris


The real loser in this conflict is the sea life.

Author — KMAG YFAH


I live in India and doesn't even know about this situation, our Media doesn't focus on these problems. Thank you for making this video and help us aware of this

Author — Pamesh Kumar


Johnny: "The two communities have been torn apart even though they are both Tamil"
Punjabis: "First time?"

Author — Ismail Shahzad


This man said he got slapped and it took a week to recover 😂

Author — Eli King


As a Tamil Indian I was never aware of what goes on the other side. The local media always painted a different picture. I did not know the Sri Lankan fishermen's plight.
This vdo is real eye opener for me. Thank you.

Author — En Channel


I'm an indian and I'm really impressed by the way how you guys bring up news which are very far from the Indian media itself. Seriously, kudos to u

Author — Anirudh


I am Indian and I didn't knew my country is stealing srilankan fish😅



As an Srilankan, i apologize for that SLAP

Author — The Equalizer


On behalf of India, an informal yet sincere apology to Sri Lanka 🙏🙏

Author — 082. Prajwal Shetty


Indian:Can I steal ur fish
Sri Lankan: no
Indian: U mean yes
Sri Lankan : Cannon goes boom boom

Author — Aryan Gupta


As a Sri Lanakan I feel very happy reading these comments.

Author — Tanuk Hapangama


They shoudnt destroy sri lankan sea eco system like they did to theirs.

And they shoudnt complain when they get arrested bcs of that

Author — Asiri Maduranga


i wanna know who slapped the dude so hard it took him a week to recover

Author — Omar Cheema


I am from sri lanka. Johnny explained the situation better than our local news

Author — B1Z12


indian fisherman: destroy the environment in their part of the border and cross illegally into sri lankan waters
sri lanka: detains them and puts them on trial
india: *suprised pikachu face*

Author — walter clements


Sri Lankan fishermen:
we got no boats
Sei Lankan Navy:
Dont worry we got you

Author — Edgar_Redilosa


As an Indian I understand the plight of Sri Lankans. We are clearly wrong here. New Delhi needs to focus on improving relations with Sri Lanka

Author — Naman


I think this is our indian governments faults. we should resolve this asap. And lots of love for sri lanka from indian side🇱🇰🇮🇳

Author — jaskaran thapar


Trawlers are seaground bullbozers, literally destroying all lives there.

Author — Webster Tipping Point