The streets of Pettah on the day before the Sinhala and Tamil new year celebrations begin. Main Street and all the roads leading off it are a frenzy of last-minute shopping and holiday sales. The lines at the bus stands closeby, both private and CTB, are miles long. Trains have been booked out for weeks. And the city will go quiet for the week as most of its residents go home to celebrate with their families. #nofilter #people #SriLanka #snapshotlka
Quotes on the no-confidence motion. Link to full article in bio.
Thirty years of war taught me what kind of dangers to expect on a minefield. It altered my mindset so that while I was afraid, I was also prepared for this work. Indrapriyadarshini Lourdes Nixon From our story to mark International Mine Awareness Day. Link to full story in bio.
'There were so many people who died during the war, and there shouldn’t be any more loss of life.' From our upcoming story for International Mine Awareness Day that falls tomorrow, capturing the voices of deminers working in the Northern Province of #SriLanka. #people #nofilter #snapshotlka
'Yes it is dangerous, and our families were hesitant when we joined. But working in demining helps us to support them, and also helps entire communities to resettle in their homelands'. From an upcoming story on deminers working in the Northern province. #SriLanka #nofilter #people #snapshotlka
She counts off the ways she was harassed. Facebook posts. Flyers passed out. Loudspeakers shouting messages insulting me for the whole neighbourhood to hear. Men surrounding me on motorbikes on the street. People throwing stones at my house. Her only crime: deciding to contest in the local government elections in February. Part of our research into online violence against women. This female politicians story highlights how violence online is often in addition to, and augments, violence offline.
On March 15, 2018, a fire broke out inside a fifth floor apartment at the Sirisara Uyana complex in Dematagoda. It is one of the high-rises built by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) for the working class poor of Colombo who were evicted or forcibly relocated there. The standards on building compliance maintained for the construction of prime ‘world-class-living’ apartments in other parts of Colombo (a few of them, ironically, built on land that some of the relocated apartment dwellers used to live on) must be applied to the working class poor of Colombo as well. #SriLanka #nofilter #snapshotlka @iromip @righttothecitysl
Photos courtesy Afrah Niwas. It happened on the morning of March 7, almost two days after initial attacks in the Theldeniya and Digana areas. The elderly woman I first spoke to said that a Sinhalese woman took many others into her house and sheltered them, during the attacks. However, in the aftermath of the violence, the state of normalcy that these communities experienced, and their relations with each other, has been shattered. Photo story featuring testimony of residents in Welekade, Kandy district. Link to full story in bio.
Captured during our research on technology-related violence against women: experiences from Muslim women active in their communities tells of backlash from religious leaders. #lka #SriLanka #snapshotlka