In July 1983 tension between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamils erupted. There were riots and property was burned and destroyed. The Sri Lankan government proceeded to kill 70,000 Tamils and left hundreds of thousands displaced. The government has been accused of several human rights violations such as abduction, torture, gender based violence, and use of child soldiers. Towards the end of the war about 250,000 Tamils were sent camps.