The 30-year civil war has affected the Tamil community in a deep-rooted way. The war is at every turn – imprinted with permanency into the landscape of Northern Sri Lanka – there is also a deeper, dehumanised impact on life for the Tamils…You can feel what has taken place (1/5)
A memorial to the ‘glory’ of the war in Kilinochchi where the worst atrocities were committed by the government in 2009, a painful daily remainder to those that survived.
The impact of the 30-year civil war can be seen at every turn on the Islands off Jaffna. It was once the frontline of the fighting many decades ago, yet the once grand and beautiful homes still wear the badge of war. A symbol of the way the state continues to evade its responsibility over its actions against the Tamil community.
A photograph of the former President Rajapaksa at a home in southern Sri Lanka, where he still hold popularity despite the war crimes he oversaw and ordered as President in 2009.
There is an immediate awareness of a deep sense of lose, a silence from those taken and those unable to mourn. Trauma is buried deep within (2/5)
This emptiness is translated by significant reduction in young Tamil men. Over 100,000 are missing, kidnapped by the government, with many more thousands killed on the frontline. During wars young men are used as tools for a political end game: they are the acute victims of war. Tamil women and the children are the chronic victims of war. This is the continuity of war (3/5)
The only memorial in existence in Sri Lanka to the enforced disappeared, a young boy unaccounted for.
Sri Lanka suffers from inhumanity daily: intimidation, torture and disappearances continue. There is no support let alone accountably and justice (4/5)
The continued militarisation of Northern Sri Lanka.
Fishermen unload a morning’s work in Mannar where over 90% rely on fishing as their sole income. They are facing issues far beyond the political situation in the coming years. The Indian Ocean, of which they are so reliant, is being destroyed In part through the erosion of coral from fishing machinery but also from the illegal dumping of toxic waste from Indian trailers on the other side of the ocean.
Tamils existence has been overcome by violence but it is not defined by the atrocities committed but by their warmth and resilience (5/5)