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Sunrise Over Batti

Story by Anupama Ganegoda, courtesy www.perambara.org Batticaloa has long fascinated many. It is here that the biggest internal rebellion within the LTTE began. It is also here that the Tigers, for years, maintained a made-formedia showcase at Karadiyanaru with a court, a police station and what not. The man who ran the show is the [...]

Hunting For Gold At Paradise Beach

By Dinidu de Alwis A man clad in a sarong makes his way along the sand. With a pair of diving goggles and a snorkel in hand, he treads carefully along the shoreline, his eyes fixed on the sand before his feet. He looks for a shimmer, a tell-tale glint, and seeing none, he dons [...]

To Be Able To Hope

Every house in Kilinochchi has a story to tell. Everyone has seen something so out of this world in the last two years. But Kilinochchi can be normal, so normal that even the macabre can be normal. People describe losing loved ones, family members while they fled the fighting as if describing a bad traffic [...]

Breeding Hate In Gentle Giants

By Dinidu De Alwis Poachers, trigger-happy farmers, gem miners and a combination of other unfortunate or sometimes avoidable incidents leave a host of elephant cubs and baby elephants orphaned each year. A few decades ago, the ones lucky to be alive would be taken in by temples or private owners. The ones not so fortunate [...]

Blomendhal’s Evil Smog

By Amantha Perera It is an evil mist that rises over Blomendhal.  Every morning it hangs low, moving slowly over the small man made hillocks that ooze out their contents from the side — festered wounds that will never heal. The dumping here had stopped, about a year back due to a  court decision. That, [...]

Embedded With A Candidate

By Dinidu de Alwis In Hector Appuhamy’s driveway, a sticker-clad Toyota Townace was parked. The inside of the vehicle was visible only through the windscreen and the front side windows, as a result of every inch of available space being taken up by the green sticker, calling for voters to cast their ballots for the [...]

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