Text and Pix By : Arthur Wamanan in Kilinochchi and Jaffna
Kilinochchi, the one- time Tiger political centre, now takes the image of Kataragama or Kandy during a weekend. There are visitors everywhere, as thousands throng to the battle-scarred Wanni.
The Wanni was cut off from the rest of the country, between late 2006 up until early this year, due to the final stages of the war. More than 300,000 people were isolated from the rest of the country during this period. Many of them escaped the battle and have now been resettled, after being in welfare centres.
“Things have changed a lot since the end of the war. We are with lighter heads,” said G.K. Raja, a resident of Kilinochchi.
During the war, those living in the Wanni area were left stranded, with no way of leaving. However, Raja said the situation today had enabled people from all over the country to go to any place they want.
“It is very evident now. People from the south have started to visit the north. Likewise, we, too, are in a position to go to other parts of the country, thereby getting to know of the cultures of other communities living in our country.” Continue reading →