20th August 2018

War-affected women with disabilities cry for recognition

20th August 2018 // 0 Comments

http://www.ft.lk/opinion/War-affected-women-with-disabilities-cry-for-recognition/14-660820 By Shanika Sriyananda The LTTE cadres were at their doorstep that night, to recruit one member from the family to fight against the on-going military thrust that was progressing rapidly towards Mullaitivu in 2008. They were eyeing to drag Devi Selvaraja’s (not her real name) elder sister’s husband, the sole breadwinner of the family, for combat training. Single and wanting to save the family with two young children, she had no option other than joining the LTTE.  She travelled to Mullaitivu during the ceasefire to bring her sister’s family to Puttalam, where she was living with her parents. Unfortunately, with the LTTE’s sudden travel ban, she got stuck at her sister’s house in Kepapilavu, Mullaitivu. Devi, who was a garment factory worker in Puttalam, […]

Sri Lanka and the culture of impunity: human rights challenges

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http://www.lse.ac.uk/humanRights/events/2013/SriLanka.aspx Sri Lanka and the culture of impunity: human rights challenges in a post-war and post-conflict environment 20 June 2013 Speakers: Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu; Asanga Welikala; Uvindu Kurukulasuriya  Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Centre for the study of Human Rights, London School of Economics Audio recording (you may have to scroll down a bit once you get there)  Sri Lanka’s civil war, which spanned more than a quarter of a century, ended in 2009. With more than 100,000 war casualties and one million refugees, it represented one of Asia’s most violent, destructive and intractable conflicts. Four years since active military hostilities ended, there has been no progress towards constitutional and political reforms addressing the problems of pluralism and democracy that lay at the heart of the conflict, nor a […]

Penneys to “walk the talk” to raise funds to provide engine boats & nets to fishing families affected by the war in the North and East

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Dear friend, I am sure you would remember the email I sent you on the above matter. Mr & Mrs Penney will be walking 55km on 25th August to raise funds to assist the IDP fishing families in the north and east of Sri Lanka to restart their lives after many years of displacement. They have almost reached 50% of their target of donating 10 boats (£14,000). You can click the link of their fund raising page below and can see from the list of donors the majority donated so far has been from their friends and family, and a handful of Tamil diaspora. Although the Penneys have no direct connection to the victims of war in the north and east of Sri Lanka, they are undertaking this painful […]

Hope fades at Tellipalai cancer hospital

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TELLIPALAI: After working two long shifts during the week Dr Anusha Yoganathan was working a normal shift on Wednesday again at the Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital. But seated in ward 14 despite her unwavering smile, she appears to have much on her mind. Dr Anusha Yoganathan who has been working at the unit for 13 years is one of the longest serving doctors at the Oncology Unit. “I joined the Oncology Unit during the time it was located at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital and later transferred to Tellippalai” she says. Recalling her early days at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Yoganathan says despite a large number of patients, those were, in retrospect, easier times. Unlike work in other units, the stresses of working in a cancer […]