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Employers advertising for household help often ask that the applicant come from an “upcountry estate”. Poverty and lack of education means these women will work longer hours for less.

02.10.2017

Displaced Sri Lankans who were resettled after the civil war cannot find jobs, take the bus or even grow their vegetables in their new villages.

25.09.2017

The coal plant in Norocholai may provide electricity to many Sri Lankans but for those living nearby, it is poisoning their farms, their fish and their children.

18.09.2017

Explosives, trespassers, environmental damage – fishermen in northern Sri Lankan say that if nothing is done about these, soon there won’t be a fishing sector left.

06.06.2017

Sri Lanka’s fishermen are a long standing part of the island nation’s culture and economy. But after surviving war and natural disaster, they are now being driven out by big business.

31.03.2017

Handicapped man Thiagarajah Sothinathan has not been able to walk properly since he was a child. But that has not stopped him from becoming a hero in his own town.

13.03.2017

Although they are surrounded by beautiful coastline and can go fishing for a living, potable water is in short supply for many in the Silawathura area.

20.02.2017

Locals in Chilaw are complaining about a garbage dump near their homes. But when the government asks them to separate waste and recycle, nobody seems willing.

14.02.2017

A move by India to cut down on its ‘black money’ market has left average Sri Lankans with wads of worthless Indian rupees.

12.12.2016

The fishermen living around the Nachchikuda lagoon have seen their share of hard times. But now they feel the future is brighter.

12.12.2016

The former Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Chandra Jayaratne, talks to The Catamaran about why Sri Lanka’s economic development is going nowhere.

14.11.2016

Farmers in the Mavil Aru area are opposed to a government-planned dam extension, saying it will dry crops and threaten local wildlife.

24.10.2016

Local politician Samantha Vidyaratna talks to The Catamaran about the disastrous Uma Oya hydro project and what can be done to stop it causing more damage today.

18.10.2016

Locals say they haven’t been compensated for land lost to the Yan Oya irrigation project – and that a banana company may well be benefitting more than them from reparations.

18.10.2016

Sri Lankan couple J. Sivajini and P. Jeganathann were badly wounded after they joined the Tamil Tigers. But they are rejoining society with the fruits and vegetables they sell.

06.10.2016

Alcoholism is a serious issue in Sri Lanka’s hill country, as is artificial alcohol, that is more like drinking poison than palm wine.

04.10.2016