» 05/21/2012, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Catholic nuns remember those who died and those who disappeared in civil war
Whilst the government commemorated fallen soldiers, the Sisters' Link for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation held a counter-commemoration and a prayer. Three years since the end of the civil war on 19 May 2009, the nuns say that remembrance must not discriminate and that only forgiveness and compassion can bring true reconciliation.
19/05/2017 17:15:00 SRI LANKA
Tribute for Sri Lanka’s civil war victims despite barriers (photos)
For Tamils, 18 May is Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day; for the military, it is War Heroes Day. Various interfaith and multiethnic ceremonies are held across the country. A court bans commemorations in Mullivaikkal for two weeks.
27/05/2014 SRI LANKA
In the north, Tamils defy government to remember Fr Sara, who died during the Civil War
Despite an official ban, people in Uruthirapuram (Kilinochchi District) celebrated a Mass in remembrance of Fr Mariampillai Sarathjeevan. He was one of eight priests who stayed with northern communities at the end of the ethnic conflict. He died on 18 May 2009, the last day of the war, exhausted by weeks without food or water.
20/05/2011 SRI LANKA
Difficult reconciliation between North and South, as government aid proves insufficient
Two years since the end of the civil war, the South is now enjoying the fruits of peace. The North, instead, is still faced with unsolved problems: jobless refugees, invasive military presence and abandoned war widows. Some Tamils bear witness to the situation.
23/07/2010 SRI LANKA
Remembering “Black July” to encourage Sri Lankan reconciliation
In July 1983, Sinhalese killed up to 3,000 Tamil civilians and destroyed 18,000 houses. Today Catholic communities and NGOs remember the 27th anniversary of the tragic event. The head of a law association said that Black July should be “an opportunity for genuine national reconciliation”, but for a Catholic priest, all Sinhalese fanatics want “is to control Tamil areas”.
12/12/2008 SRI LANKA
In the future of Caritas, commitment to peace and reconciliation
Fr. Oswald B. Firth, the former director of the charitable Catholic institution, hopes for a greater commitment to the renewal of Sri Lankan society. At the 40th anniversary of its foundation, he calls upon Caritas to support peace between the Tamil Tigers and the army: "people are exhausted with the war."
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