By Arthur Wamanan in Jaffna
That was the last time Yarl Devi (Queen of Jaffna) rumbled into the station with civilians. That was the last day the station buzzed with travelers. Yarl Devi became a victim of the deadly war that raged for three decades.
The Jaffna Railway Station has become an iconic destination. The partially broken down building stands up majestically and attracts tourists despite the misfortunes it faced during the war.
The entrance to the station is adorned with clothe lines strung from one pillar to the other. The screams of children running around the station echo through the empty hallway. A few families have made the station their temporary abode. These families are not homeless. They use the station premises as a resting place during their frequent visits to Jaffna. These visitors come here for various reasons. Continue reading →