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The Crusaders for Democracy accept a united Sri Lanka but one with more rights for Tamils.

Ithayalal: “We have to solve the problems of Tamils within our country.”

Former cadres of the now defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who have formed the Crusaders for Democracy (CFD) have been able to secure some slots in the local government bodies in the North and the East. CFD has urged the Tamil diaspora to leave their comfort zones and return to Sri Lanka to […]

He lost his hands as a child, but that did not stop him from leading a productive life.

Standing on two feet

“When I was still a pupil, I went swimming in Kaluwankerni Sea and saw a mysterious object floating on the surface. I took hold of it, and while I was trying to examine what it was, it suddenly exploded –  both of my hands were blown off. Since then, I have been living without my […]

They risk losing their families and communities to marry someone outside of their faith.

Love across religious lines

Buhddist vs. Christian “At one point, I started to wonder what religions are for it they do not allow us to live together with the person we love?” says 37-year-old K.V. Aksalanirushni Adhikari, a Christian who married a Buhddist. I was a staff member in the packing division of a garment factory. My lover worked […]


Villagers in Sri Lanka’s Panama area say the military took their land. They want it back. But until then they are determined to do the best business possible.


An academic couple based in Jaffna have spent over a decade closely examining an unexpected, ancient connection between Japan and the Tamil people.


A former football star from Anuradhapura was forced to flee during the civil war. Now back in his hometown, he explains how his sporting status helped him survive.


In one Sri Lankan village, the locals live a simple life that is influenced by their search for honey – from birth to death.


During the Sri Lankan civil war, neighbouring villages were often separated due to the fighters’ front lines. Now the concept of the ‘border village’ is becoming a distant memory.


The fishermen asked authorities for a breakwater to protect them. The requests remain unanswered so now, regardless of faith, they all pray to another god for safety.


How a random phone call connected a Sri Lankan couple from two different ethnic groups, and bridged cultural chasms.


A story of the human cost of Sri Lanka’s civil war. During fighting, a ostmaster lost track of his injured wife. After years of looking for her, he also lost his sense of reality.


Many workers on the country’s tea growing estates have never had a postal address. This deprives them of state services and private mail. A local group is working to change this.


A mosque in southern Sri Lanka is bringing the country’s different sects together. Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims believe they will be blessed if they go there.


Every Saturday, locals in eastern Sri Lanka gather at the Kalladi bridge to sell organic fruits and vegetables. But this market is more than just environmentally friendly.

Sacrifice For Art:

The Life Of A Sri Lankan Poet

It is never easy making money from the arts, especially in northern Sri Lanka. The Catamaran talked to Krishnapillai Arulampalam about his life as traditional playwright and poet.


In central Sri Lanka, there is an area called Mars. At first it was named for the distant planet because of its remoteness. But now other reasons make it difficult to inhabit.