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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A move by India to cut down on its ‘black money’ market has left average Sri Lankans with wads of worthless Indian rupees.
The fishermen living around the Nachchikuda lagoon have seen their share of hard times. But now they feel the future is brighter.
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.
Farmers in the Mavil Aru area are opposed to a government-planned dam extension, saying it will dry crops and threaten local wildlife.
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.
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.
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.
Alcoholism is a serious issue in Sri Lanka’s hill country, as is artificial alcohol, that is more like drinking poison than palm wine.
It was supposed to improve the quality of life for all those around it. But instead the Uma Oya Development Project has ruined the lives of the Sri Lankans who live around it.
The mechanization of rice harvesting has been good for the owners of Sri Lankan paddy fields. But it’s been a disaster for the locals who used to do the manual labour.
Sri Lanka’s civil war stole some of their best years: Education was interrupted and futures lost. Now northern 20-and-30-somethings are asking: Where is their compensation?