family still barracked
is the fate of the wife and six children of the founder of the JVP,
Rohana Wijeweera? When JVP General Secretary, Tilvin Silva signed
the agreement with the People's Alliance (PA) at the BMICH
recently he remembered the slain Wijeweera and said that it is his
battle that they are forging ahead with. But sadly, the wife and
children of their hero is being kept inside a naval camp with the
doubtful proclamations that 'they are not so sure' of the
government and their tenure.
the victory of the UPFA and the advent of the JVP into government
has not filtered down to the Wejeweeras. After living for 14 years
in naval camps, living unusually confined lives sans entertainment
and freedom, now after three months into office the JVP seems to
have only given them vague promises of being unsure for 'how long
their tenure will be' and thus to be patient.
remain confined to barracks with no liberation in sight. As the
father of the JVP, Rohana Wijeweera is mentioned at every turn of
events, but his own kith and kin suffer in hibernation while the
reds bask in the glory of Wijeweera's own prophecies and
Wijeweera, wife of slain JVP Leader, Rohana Wijeweera living in
the naval camp at Welisara said that she is smiling amidst the
tears. "Tilvin Silva is in touch with me and the JVP is
looking after the education of my six children. But I feel
confined. I have six children and my eldest daughter is 23 years
old and all our life we seemed to have been living in confined
spaces," said Srimathi who stressed that she does not know
much about politics.
asked why she is still 'confined to barracks' she said that she is
living in hope that they will soon live free.
late President Ranasinghe Premadasa did a lot for us. He took us
into his care at a time when we needed to be looked after. He
promised to come and see us in the Trincomalee navy camp on his
way to the opening of a university in Batticaloa in June but he
died in May that year," sighed Srimathi.
have tried our best to seek political asylum overseas. We tried to
go to many countries but everything failed. It may be bad luck.
Somawansa Amarasinghe came to visit us when he came to Sri Lanka.
He said that he will look after us and we have hope in him,"
said Srimathi. But the family is still 'waiting' for the promises
Wijeweera tries to be happy but her words betray her. "I
cannot bring my sons up in this confined atmosphere. The Sri Lanka
Navy is doing so much for us. They are giving us food and shelter
but there are things that we would like to do as a family,"
brother Chandra Fernando tried to take us to England but he
failed. We had to go to Trincomalee instead," added Srimathi.
The family now lives in the Gemunu navy camp in Welisara.
said that the wife of the former secretary of the JVP, Upatissa
Gamanayake has also tried to help her to go abroad. "Lionel
Bopage also tried, but nothing seems to be working. Today, I am
living in the hope that we will have a better life. Of course I am
not complaining, the JVP helps with the children's education. But
there are things that we would like to do," she stressed.
asked whether she has an income and whether her children have
money to spend on themselves, Srimathi remained silent.
"People have insulted us, saying that we have taken sacks of
gold but only I know our plight. We are living in hope for a
better life," said the wife of the hero of the JVP.
said that the UNP too has done much for her family and so has the
President. When asked why she remains confined to a navy camp
despite her husband's party being in power, Srimathi said that the
present day JVP leader will do something for her 'when they get on
to a better footing.'
have told me that they will do something for us. I do not know
much about politics and I believe they will do something,"
I depend on my children for everything - for advice, for solace
and comfort," she said. When asked about her husband she said
that he was a man who deplored injustice. "I could not sense
his fierce strength because I grew up in a strict family
atmosphere ruled by four brothers and a strict father."
her husband's strong political beliefs and strength of character,
Srimathi appears načve and believing. She truly believes that
the JVP will take her to an El Dorado and that it is 'just a
matter of time' for them to get on to a 'better footing.' She
seems to be unable to realise the fact that they are the ruling
party - in power.
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