'83 July 25: An eye witness account of the Prison Massacre

30 years ago on the 25th July, 35 Tamil political prisoners held under the 'Prevention of Terrorism Act' were massacred in a high security prison in Colombo. Two days later, on the 27th, 18 more prisoners were slaughtered.....

Calls From Back Home: Telling the stories of the war Diaspora

When my Amma calls me on the telephone, she sometimes fills the distance that separates us by reading me her poetry and asking me for translations and opinions. She often wants me to translate her own writing from our shared....

Four years on, genocide continues off the battlefield

On the anniversary of the 26-year civil war, the Sri Lankan state celebrates its 2009 victory while Tamils mark the bloody nadir of the campaign to systematically dismantle the Tamil nation - one which continues today...

Should we boycott Sri Lankan cricket?

For all its international posturing about human rights these days, Australia has a sordid history of being a denier, or passive follower, rather than a leader in protecting the most vulnerable people in our world. There is one exception, which.....

In Retrospect: Burning of Jaffna library and the genocide thread

Every nation, every ethnicity or grouping of people with a common identity has its own cultural icons that distinguish its values, aspirations and history. No icon defined Tamil culture more than the Jaffna library, a beautiful....

Beneath the Toga of 'Gota’s War' or, where has all the history gone?

At a time where Sri Lankan politicians and bureaucrats churn out biographies and supposed autobiographies at a feverish rate, Gota’s War by CA Chandraprema should not be missed. Not only does this add to a rich corpus.....

Parenting on the frontline: When the war correspondent became a mother

For the first eight months, I hid my pregnancy from my bosses, terrified it would spell the end of my career as a foreign correspondent. I simply didn't know any other women in the field with children. I flew....

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