Friday, 25 April 2008

Will Sri Lanka ever find peace?

I have just heard the awful news about the bomb blast in Colombo earlier today. And of course, I'm more than a little nervous for the many friends I now have who live there. It's hard to say that because some of them read this blog and I don't want to worry them, but it's not like they won't be worried anyway. This bomb today has so far killed 23 people and injured 50. It was a blast on a bus taking people home during rush hour. The other day apparently 80 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in fierce fighting in the Jaffna Peninsula and no doubt the other side will have sustained similar losses.

It's the thing I've never understood about those who use violence to make their point - and I'm talking about ALL sides in these kind of disputes. Don't they get it that for every person who dies, there's a whole family and community of friends whose lives are also devastated? For those 23 people who died today in somebody else's war, there must be at least 230 others (assuming most people have at least ten close family and friends) who won't sleep tonight and many who will be tormented by this for far longer.

I will blog more about this later but it's a very sad note to be leaving Sri Lanka on.


Sunimal Alles said...

Sri Lanka will have peace if Refined Concerned Citizens get together and set up centers for better living to prevent the social ills from expanding and we are able to control the greediness. I was in Sri Lanka from 2006 to 2008 and tried to set up centers for better living like I have done in Africa. Please see some information at: and some photos at:

If you wish to join me, please send an email to:

lankaflorist said...

Send Gifts to Srilanka, Flowers to Srilanka, Cakes and Chocolates to Sri Lanka and Colombo.

Anonymous said...

Lanka rocks..