Right to Reconciliation

There is always an aftermath…


It is seven years since the end of the brutal civil war in Sri Lanka and yet reconciliation seems to be a far-fetched thought as those affected continue to suffer endlessly due to economic and security reasons.

‘Write To Reconcile’ is a project inaugurated by the internationally renowned writer Shyam Selvadurai where emerging writers from all ethnic groups and social classes gather to compile an anthology portraying issues of conflict, peace, reconciliation, memory and trauma. This year, as part of the programme for the third anthology, participants were offered the opportunity to interview residents of the Vanni region as well as the ‘border villages’ (term used to describe those villages directly threatened and attacked by the LTTE), where the writers discovered that the post-war situation was not satisfactory. 

Those resettled in Model Villages were not satisfied with the new lands given to them — inadequate when compared with what they used…

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