Hundreds of refugees from the Sri Lankan civil war living on India's tsunami-shattered Tamil Nadu coast have been robbed of their livelihoods by the disaster, but as exiles from their own country find themselves mostly ignored by the government's massive relief effort. The Sri Lankan Tamils fled from the violence in coastal villages in the north and east of the island nation in the early 1990s, and were accommodated on the Indian mainland in makeshift government camps to await their return home. They have survived over the years by working as coolies, vendors or construction labourers. Children born in the seaside camps have never seen their homeland. The tsunami has only added to their misery. 'My 13-year-old daughter was swept away by the water, my wife was injured, and all our household goods destroyed,' said Subramanian Raje, a fisherman who fled Dharmapuram village south of Jaffna and came to Tamil Nadu in 1991. 'But I don't know what compensation I will get.' Mr Raje said all that he had got until now was 4,000 rupees ($710). If he was an Indian national, the government compensation for his dead daughter would amount to 200,000 rupees. The refugee camp has not been badly affected, but all 350 families had to shift to a local convent, and have just returned to their shacks. 'After the tsunami, everyone got government help, but not us,' said housewife S. Parvathi. 'Only a Sri Lankan leader's son living in Chennai sent us medicines and cereals.' The Sri Lankan Tamils watch pensively as hundreds of Indian survivors of the tsunami walk past carrying everything from pillows and straw mats to plastic buckets, kitchen stoves and utensils. 'No government or NGO vehicle has come to our camp to give us anything, not even old clothes,' said house painter S. Muthukumar.