I will not speculate the authenticity of this story, there is always two sides to a story, but considering that it is true, there are a few things that I would like to draw attention to that will help the reconciliation process of Sri Lanka.
First of all, I was saddened by just reading what the parents would have gone through, not only that they were unable to understand completely what was going on due to the language barrier, but just being sent from place to place with no proper direction, and not being able to see their son for five days, whilst being told that he was in a seriously critical condition. I was sitting on my desk, safe and sound, but my body felt like it was somewhere else, frozen, my eye threatening to tear.
I wanted to share this video because I’m relieved that someone is speaking out. Let’s not let another 30 years of destruction and grief be repeated again. Let’s work together to stop this conflict before it escalates. Let’s not let the paradise that is Sri Lanka be turned into hell.
“We should be alarmed if our society is moving towards another conflict again… we can blame our foregone generation for the last war. But, if the same thing repeats, it is a sign of our failure. It is our responsibility to prevent such a thing from happening again” – Ven Dhammananda, Lecturer at the University of Kelaniya.
Today someone said to me: “the world is watching you…”, referring to Sri Lanka… And I was stumped for words. What I realised is that whatever a small minority of the population does reflects on all Sri Lankans, whether it’s good or bad. In this instance I’m talking about a small group of Buddhist extremists who are claiming to be the true Sri Lankan’s and are fighting to abolish the halal system in the country.
We may not agree with them, but as long as we stay silent and not do our part in standing against it, and standing for the unity and beliefs of every ethnic and religious group that makes Sri Lanka as special as it is, to the rest of the world it seems like we agree with it. So here I am, doing my part in the smallest way I can to share the message that this is not what Sri Lanka is.
This is the second radio documentary I produced as a part of my final project. Just like the tsunami documentary I produced, I wanted to do something different to bring out the music and culture of Sri Lanka. The structure of this documentary is very unconventional, instead of me explaining what the music is, I made it in a way that the musicians tell the story of the Sri Lankan music industry in their voice and have their music illustrate the piece. Hope you enjoy the beats of Sri Lanka.
Baila Gamuda Remix Karala – Bathiya & Santhush (Sara Sihina 2010)
Oya Mage Nam – Bathiya & Santhush (2009)
Sirisangabodhi Maligawedi – Bathiya & Santhush (Life 2000)
Ai Aiyaiyo – Gypsies (Gypsies Gold)
Saima Katwela – Gypsies (Gypsies Gold)
Attamai Kiyanne Kelle – Doctor (2009)
Mage Girlfriend – Doctor (2009)
Rambari – Lahiru Perera (2009)
Api Denna (Lunu Dehi) – Gypsies (Gypsies Gold)
This is a radio feature I made for my final project to mark the 7th anniversary of the tsunami. I wanted to take a more personal approach to the tsunami, than what is already out there. What is already out there is mostly fact based reports but no one has dug deep into the personal stories of those who were affected. Although I was not affected by the tsunami, I had the privilege of talking to those who survived this disaster.
I hope you will enjoy it and be inspired by the stories of these strong people who have turned their life around for the better.