Dr Niron knows the Sri Lankan army
targeted hospitals in 2009. Every time he passed their location on to the
International Red Cross so they could share the information with the Sri Lankan
military, the site was bombed within days, if not hours.
Amidst the deep hurt
of civil war, many think it impossible to speak with, let alone work with,
people from across divisions of conflict. A diverse group of young British Sri
Lankans have directly experienced this. Here they examine reconciliation as not
only a possibility, but a present undertaking.
This week is the third anniversary of the end the Sri Lankan civil war. Yet there is hope: it lies within Sri Lanka's reach to move from 'post-war' to 'post-conflict', as Sri Lankans work towards a new era of equitable governance.
The Tamil call for
independent statehood stemmed from a very basic need for security against genocide.
For many, including the next generation of Tamil youth activists, the events of
2009 consolidated this need.
The term 'local reconciliation' may seem benign, but recent research amongst Tamils in the north of the country highlights the damaging silence hanging over the survivors of the conflict, and a determination to reach justice through transparency over past and present wrongs.
There is nothing objectionable in arguing for greater and more meaningful participation of youth in the political process, so long as this is not a substitute for a proper post-war constitutional settlement.
International calls for justice in Sri Lanka which are insensitive to domestic public opinion further alienate a youth population suspicious of Western intervention and determined to develop their country.
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